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

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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. 

All of our publications are bilingual - English and Spanish. To date we have published authors from Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. We are based in Phoenix, Arizona.

A Statement from the Piper Center about COVID-19

In an effort to reduce the spread of germs, this event will be ‘touch free,’ meaning that all authors, faculty, students, and other participants should avoid shaking hands, hugging, taking selfies, or otherwise engaging in physical contact. Additionally, we are encouraging all community members to wash their hands, avoid touch their face, use hand sanitizer, and otherwise follow the official guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. If you are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms of a virus, please stay home and seek medical treatment as necessary. Any individuals who are unable to attend due to illness will have refunds issued in full. While we are unable to provide livestreaming or other forms of remote access for this event, we are actively working to ensure this in the future. If you have any questions, please contact the Piper Center accordingly. To learn more, read our full statement on COVID-19 at

About the Literary Fair

Presented as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in partnership with ASU Open Door, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair is a celebration of creative writing and literary arts in a local community. Enjoy free author talks, poetry readings, and other literary events and activities from authors, publishers, and other organizations from all over the Southwest on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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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