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of/from/around La Frontera: A Reading with University of Texas at El Paso Department of Creative Writing

Date(s): Saturday, February 23, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Human Rights, Poetry, Social Justice, Translation, World Literature
Cost: Free

About this Event

President Trump has relentlessly attacked Latinx and immigrant communities working in the US. As a community-making practice, writing has become a way to connect and to express rage, but also to produce solace. Join the University of Texas at El Paso Department of Creative Writing for "of/from/around La Frontera: A Reading," a bilingual reading of poetry and fiction that deal with living and writing in the US-Mexico Border on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Featuring current and former UTEP students Giancarlo Huapaya (Perú) and Sylvia A. Zéleny (México) .

About the Readers

Giancarlo Huapaya (Lima, Peru) has published three collections of poetry, the most recently, Taller Sub Verso (Sub Verse Workshop) (2011, 2013). He is Founder and Editor of Cardboard House Press, a nonprofit publishing house for Latin American and Spanish literature in translation. As a curator of visual poetry, he has presented exhibitions at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco and the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson. In 2016, he edited the anthology Pulenta Pool: Peruvian Poets in the United States for Hostos Review. As literary translator, he has translated into Spanish work by C.D Wright, Susan Briante and Ross Gay. Currently, he is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Sylvia A. Zéleny received her MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas at El Paso. She has published seven books of fiction in Spanish. Her novel Todo Eso Es Yo won the National Book Award in México and will be published this year by Cinco Puntos Press under the title The Everything I Have Lost. She is the director of the Online MFA at UTEP and coordinates a women’s writers residence in El Paso, Texas.

About the Literary Fair

Presented in partnership with ASU Open Door as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair features two days of talks, readings, and other literary events and activities from authors, publishers, and other organizations from all over the Southwest, February 22 - 23, 2019 at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus. All events are open to the public and free. You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend. To learn more about the fair, visit our website at

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The only one of its kind in the U.S., the MFA at The University of Texas at El Paso offers a fully bilingual (Spanish and English) course of study in fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, literary translation and non-fiction. We understand bilingualism not as the requirement that our students speak Spanish and English but rather as the coexistence of both languages in the classroom. Students from Latin America, Spain, and the USA come to our department to develop as writers under the guidance of an award-winning faculty.

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