Latinx & Proud! Series: Analicia SoteloTuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us for a reading celebrating the work of Latinx literary voices. This installment of the Latinx & Proud! Reading Series will feature Analicia Sotelo, Mónica A. Jiménez, Clarissa A. León, and Jose Maria Ochoa!
Analicia Sotelo is the author of Virgin, the inaugural winner of the Jake Adam York Prize, selected by Ross Gay for Milkweed Editions, 2018. She is also the author of the chapbook, Nonstop Godhead, selected by Rigoberto González for a 2016 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship. Her poem “I’m Trying to Write a Poem About a Virgin and It’s Awful” was selected for Best New Poets 2015 by Tracy K. Smith. Poems have also appeared in the New Yorker, Boston Review, FIELD, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and The Antioch Review. She is recipient of the 2016 DISQUIET International Literary Prize, a Canto Mundo fellowship, and scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Image Text Ithaca Symposium. Sotelo has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, BookList, & was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review. She holds a BA in English Literature from Trinity University & an MFA in Poetry from the University of Houston. Analicia is the Director of Communications & Development at Writers in the Schools. She serves as an Adroit Journal Summer Mentor, a committee member of the Poison Pen Reading Series, & on the City of Houston’s Millennial Advisory Board.
Mónica A. Jiménez is a poet and historian. She is currently assistant professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a PhD in History from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law. A Canto Mundo and Ford Foundation Fellow, her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in WSQ: Women Studies Quarterly, Latino Studies, Society and Space and sx salon, among others.
Clarissa A. León is a Colombian-American writer, journalist, and educator from Reno, Nevada. She received her MFA from the University of Pittsburgh where she was a Valparaíso Foundation writing resident in Mojácar, Spain. Clarissa’s work can be found most recently in Aster(ix) Journal where she was the managing editor of the award-winning publication founded by Angie Cruz and Adriana Ramírez. Her reporting and research can also be found in The Nation, The Daily Beast, AlterNet, and Food & Wine among many others. Her manuscript-in-progress attempts to answer questions, both personal and political, about belonging, attachment, identity, and home.
José María Ochoa is a musician, performer, and the Youth Program Coordinator at Casa San Jose, an organization that supports and advocates for Latino communities on issues related to local integration and self-sufficiency. At Casa, Ochoa coordinates ‘Bridges to the Future’ – “Puentes Hacía el Futuro,” and ‘Youths with a Purpose’ – “Jóvenes con Propósito.” Ochoa was born in Georgia, but has lived in Mexico since a young age. Understanding the current situation of his people, Ochoa got involved with the Latino community in Pittsburgh though music, culture and protesting. He is also involved in a musical education program with youth from different oppressed backgrounds through a community marching/activist band.
Latinx & Proud! Series Advisory Board:
Adriana E. Ramírez, Eloisa Amezcua, Malcolm Friend & Karla Lamb
The mission of the Latinx & Proud! reading series is to incite conversation, empower, & amplify the Latinx community in Pittsburgh, PA & beyond.