F253. Pintura/Palabra: Writers Respond to Art

Room M100 D&E, Mezzanine Level
Friday, April 10, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


"Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art." Four writers will reflect upon this touring show, how it has spurred new work: a self-directed, four-day, ekphrastic retreat at the exhibit’s opening; taking part in, then leading, a poetry workshop at the exhibit’s first two stops; engaging solely with the show’s catalogue; designing a prose workshop for an upcoming venue. Panelists will also read new ekphrastic work while displaying images from this seminal show, slated to tour the US into 2017.



Francisco Aragón is the author of the bilingual book of poems, Puerta de Sol, and Glow of Our Sweat, a volume of poetry and prose. He is also the editor of the award-winning anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry. He directs Letras Latinas, the literary program at the University of Notre Dame.

Fred Arroyo is the author of Western Avenue and Other Fictions and The Region of Lost Names: A Novel. A recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, he is completing a book of lyrical and ekphrastic essays, and is at work on a novel set primarily in the Caribbean.

Blas Falconer is the author of The Foundling Wheel and A Question of Gravity and Light. The recipient of an NEA fellowship, he teaches at the University of Southern California and in the low-residency MFA at Murray State University.

Maria Kelson has published two books of poetry (as Maria Melendez): How Long She’ll Last in This World and Flexible Bones. She is currently working on a mystery novel set in southern Colorado and the redwood country of northern California.

Emma Trelles is the author of Little Spells and Tropicalia, winner of the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize and a finalist for ForeWord Reviews' Poetry Book of the Year. She is an arts writer and editor, and has been on faculty at the Sanibel Island Writers Conference and Pintura: Palabra, a project in ekphrasis.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center