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Sunday, October 7 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Noemi Press' Akrilica Series: How Latinx Paint Ourselves. A Collaborative

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Since 2013, the Akrilica Series, a co-publishing venture between Noemi Press and Letras Latinas—the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has published poetry collections showcasing innovative Latinx writing. Celebrating the five-year anniversary of the series, this retrospective considers the questions: What is Latinx innovative poetry? How do Latinx poets resist hegemonic power by insisting on the lyric moment? And, what does this do to the futures they embody and the past they remember on the page? Celebrating the award-winning books published in the last five years, this presentation will collaboratively construct a reading, analysis, and presentation, where the aesthetic concerns of Latinx writers will be investigated and challenged using Border lenses and Latinx futurism criticism. All ultimately celebrating the insistence upon being present that the Akrilica Series conveys for innovative Latinx writing.


Lauren Espinoza

Arizona State University
Lauren Espinoza earned her MFA in Poetry at Arizona State University and her MAIS in Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Her poetry has appeared in New Border Voices: An Anthology, The Acentos Review, As/Us, Pilgrimage, Sinister Wisdom, and elsewhere... Read More →

Suzi F. Garcia

Suzi F. Garcia is Noemi Press' Poetry Editor, and is is a poet in the MFA Program at the University of Notre Dame, where she writes about feelings and feminism. Her work can be found in the Yalobusha Review, the Pinch Journal, NAP LOG II, Word Riot, and more. You can find her at... Read More →

Carmen Giménez Smith

Professor of English in Creative Writing MFA program, Virginia Tech University
Carmen Giménez Smith is Noemi Press' Publisher, and the author of a memoir and four poetry collections— including Milk and Filth, finalist for the 2013 NBCC award in poetry. Her memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, received an American Book Award. A CantoMundo Fellow, she is Professor... Read More →

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. She is the author of the collection Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series, 2017), winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from... Read More →

Sunday October 7, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
138 DeBartolo Hall