S176. That's My Mami We're Writing About: A Reading by Latino Male Authors

Supreme Court, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Saturday, February 11, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


This reading challenges the notion that writing by Latino male authors is paternalistic and that Latino cultures and families are predominantly and primarily influenced by male figures. Representing diverse voices with roots in Cuba, Mexico, El Salvador, and parts of the US, including Puerto Rico, this reading by authors who have published books about lives in inner cities, war-torn countries, and nature reestablishes the roles of mothers in society and in the Latino male poetic imagination.



Jose B. Gonzalez is the author of the poetry collection, Toys Made of Rock and coeditor of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature. His poetry has appeared in journals including Quercus Review and Callaloo, and anthologies including Theater Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry.

Rich Villar is a poet, essayist, educator, and a longtime advocate for Latin@ voices in American literature. His first collection of poems, Comprehending Forever, was a finalist for the 2015 International Latino Book Award. He is a 2016 CantoMundo fellow and an alum of the VONA-Voices workshops.

Gerardo Mena is the author of the poetry collection The Shape of Our Faces No Longer Matters. He is a decorated Iraqi Freedom veteran, and his poems and essays are published widely including The New York Times and Poets & Writers.

Noah Warren is the author of The Destroyer in the Glass, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford.

Carlos Parada-Ayala is the author of the poetry book, La luz de la tormenta/The Light of the Storm, and coeditor of the anthology Al pie de la Casa Blanca: Poetas hispanos de Washington, DC.


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