LitFest: Rosa Alcalá & Kitchen Table Translation IssueSaturday, May 15, 2021 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. *Please note special start time* (run-time 60 min)
Presented in partnership with Aster(ix) Journal
Aster(ix) is a transnational feminist literary arts journal committed to social justice and translation, placing women of color at the center of the conversation co-founded by poet Adriana E. Ramírez and novelist Angie Cruz. In this program Rosa Alcalá will read from her translation of Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems (1966–2015) and will talk with Adriana about her relationship with Vicuña’s oeuvre, as well as her contribution to Aster(ix)’s Kitchen Table Translation Issue.
Language: Spanish with English Interpretation
Format: Live conversation in Spanish; viewed virtually
Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE (Futurepoem, 2017). Her poems appear in numerous anthologies and journals, including Best American Poetry 2019, American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, The Nation, and American Poetry Review. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, and runner-up for a PEN Translation Award, she is the editor and co-translator of New & Selected Poems of Cecilia Vicuña: (Kelsey Street Press, 2018). She is professor of creative writing at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she teaches in its Bilingual MFA Program. Author photograph by Margarita Mejía.
Adriana E. Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian writer, critic, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. She won the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in 2015 for her novella-length work of nonfiction, Dead Boys (Little A, 2016). She the recipient of the Pittsburgh Foundation 2019 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award. Ramírez is the author of poetry collection The Swallows (Blue Sketch Press 2016) and co-edited the anthology In the Shadow of the Mic (Bridge & Tunnel Books 2020). She is the co-host of the City of Asylum/Aster(ix)Journal podcast, Charla Cultural. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner.
Pittsburgh International Literary Festival (LitFest) is a 10-day event that considers themes of migration, identity, and displacement with an emphasis on works in translation. (Full Schedule Here)