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Letras Latinas

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Sponsor 2019 

About Letras Latinas

Proudly presenting keynote speaker Carmen Giménez Smith

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. 

Francisco Aragón is the son of Nicaraguan immigrants. He is the author of two books: Glow of Our Sweat andPuerta del Sol, as well as editor of the anthology: The Wind Shifts: New Latino PoetryAfter Rubén, his third book, is forthcoming with Red Hen Press in 2020. His Tongue A Swath of Sky, a hand-stitched chapbook, was released in 2019. He is the director of Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. For more information, visit:  

View Sessions Presented by Letras Latinas

Keynote: Topography of the Self
Carmen Giménez Smith, Letras Latinas

Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Type: Keynote, Reception, Talk
Genre: Autobiography, Human Rights, Pedagogy, Social Justice, Social Practice

Gloria Anzaldua referred to her groundbreaking book Borderlands as an autohistoria-teoria, an epistemological autobiography. She conceived of the liminal space, El Mundo Zurdo, where becoming and thinking converge for radical acts of decolonization, and posited the possibility that writing is the praxis where activism, aesthetics, and scholarship converge.