A forum for discussing Cindy Williams Gutiérrez’s debut poetry collection, the small claim of bones, will feature Fulbright scholar Ivonne Saed, Spanish and Linguistics professor Dr. Juan Antonio Trujillo, and renowned translator of Spanish and Latin American poetry, Greg Simon. Each writer will present an aspect of the book and then engage in a conversation with the author and the audience. A book-signing reception will follow. This presentación de libro is presented by Los Porteños, Portland’s Latino writers collective, and hosted by Literary Arts.
About the small claim of bones:
Latina poet Cindy Williams Gutiérrez describes a mosaic of worlds—Tenochtitlan, New Spain, and the Mexican diaspora—in an exploration of her multicultural identity. A literary bridge spanning 600 years of history, these poems reflect two pivotal eras in Mexico’s past through the voices of real and imagined historical figures who in turn elicit responses from the poet’s contemporary voice. Three series of poems, each rooted in sacredness, draw from these eras and form the collection’s foundation: imagined fifteenth-century Nahua “songs,” irreverent sonnets and décimas inspired by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and the intimate, contemporary voice of the poet as she pays tribute to all she holds dear in the border’s diverse cultural tapestry. Through a call-and-response approach, this unique collection extends the literary dialogue of the Americas vital to US Hispanic literature, earning the author a place in the company of the most esteemed Latina feminist writers.
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