The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Cartonera Collective: A Bilingual Reading with Cardboard House Press

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Performance, Reading, Talk
Genre and Form(s): Book Arts, Community, Poetry, Translation, World Literature
Cost: Free

About this Event

Sometimes I talk a lot. Sometimes I don't. It's nice to sit at the table, hands busy, and let the conversation in flipping and shifting language just wash over and around me. Hard to pinpoint how, exactly, this heals. But it does. [ . . . ] The politics seem clear. These books are being written or were written in the past. We should read them. Publishing in both languages foregrounds the role of translation, disrupts the "English only" status quo, and provides greater avenues for access. Making books by hand using recycled cardboard covers ties us to the Cartonera movement (Latin America born, rooted in increased access to literature, decreased barriers to publishing, and community based production / distribution), helps us build community, and does honor to poems within.

—Ryan's Testimony (CC Member) from Tripwire Pamphlet #5: cardboard minutes // libro de cajas

The Cartonera Collective is a team of book makers devoted to the production of bilingual book art and hand-made books of poetry from Latin American authors. In this dynamic bilingual talk and reading, local Cartonera Collective members will discuss the history of the project, provide context on the Cartonera Movement, and read selected poems from recently published Cardboard House Press titles that were produced locally by the Collective, including:

  • Koan Underwater by Ecuadorian poet Juan José Rodinás, translated by Ilana Dann Luna;
  • Spinning Mill by Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, translated from the Spanish by Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann; and
  • Kilimanjaro by Maricela Guerrero, translated from the Spanish by Stalina Villarreal.

After the reading, Cartonera Collective members will invite questions from the audience and discuss ways to get involved. The Phoenix chapter of the collective meets at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore and is open to new members -- no experience necessary! Join us!

To learn more about the Cartonera Collective, visit their website at  

About the Author

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Cardboard House Press is a 501c3 nonprofit organization devoted to the creation of spaces and media for cultural, artistic, and literary development through the publication and circulation of writing, art, and contemporary thought from Latin America and Spain and through bilingual events, community projects and workshops. Our work serves as a platform to exchange ideas and highlight meanings that stimulate diverse human connections and social actions. 

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