Letras Latinas to convene in Arizona alongside national poetry leaders

Author: Paloma Garcia-Lopez

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, will take its place alongside nearly twenty other poetry organizations from across the Unites States for a national convening from November 30 to December 2 in both Tucson and Phoenix, AZ.

Thanks to a major grant from the Ford Foundation secured by the Academy of American Poets, the groups will tour the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, which helps lead the coalition, and then trek to Phoenix for a reading by Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, and Joy Harjo at the Phoenix Art Museum, hosted in partnership with ArchiTEXTS: A Conversation Across Languages with Natalie Diaz.

“Letras Latinas is proud to be able to represent the work we do at this third annual Fall convening—as one of the Poetry Coalition’s original founding members,” said Francisco Aragón, who directs the ILS’ literary initiative. “Last year we were able to contribute meaningfully to our pilot gesture on poetry and migration and we look forward to sharing with our fellow coalition members the plans we have for next March.” The Poetry Coalition will be announcing its 2018 theme soon.

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Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), strives to enhance the visibility, appreciation and study of Latinx literature both on and off the campus of the University of Notre Dame—with an emphasis on programs that support newer voices, foster a sense of community among writers, and place Latinx writers in community spaces.