Thursday, February 17, 2011

Some Literary Events/ February 17-25

February 17 (6:30 pm) Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word.  Every Thursday nigth, a poetry/spoken-word event showcasing well-known artists and new talent from around the country. Featuring HBO Def Poetry stars Regie Cabico and Claudia Alick. Sign up for the preceding twelve-slot open-mic. At One and One, 76 East 1 Street. For registration and more information, click here.

February 17 (7pm) Marosa di Giorgio and Yvan Yauri at the King Juan Carlos. The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center's Poetry Series presents authors Marosa di Giorgio  (The History of Violets) and Yván Yauri (Fire Wind). Readings by translators Jeannine Pitas, Marta del Pozo, and Nicholas Rattner. Presented by Lila Zemborain, curator of the KJC Poetry Series, and co-sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish of NYU and Ugly Duckling Presse. Reception to follow. At the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South. For more information click here or call 212-998-3650.

February 18 (3.30-5) Charlie Vázquez at Columbia University. The author of Contraband (Rebel Satori, 2010), Latino literary activist and and host of the celebrated Hispanic Panic! poetry series, will talk about his life and his work, Part of IvyQ 2011, the second annual Ivy League conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer students, and their allies. At Lerner Hall, Columbia University, 2960 Broadway (at 115 Street). For more information, click here.

February 18 (7pm) Jorge Wiesse at McNally Jackson. Peruvian poet and scholar Jorge Wiesse, author of Otros textos: Apropiaciones, 1989-2009 and chair of Humanities at Peru's Universidad del Pacífico discusses two decades of poems and research. At McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street. For more information click here or call 212-274-1160.

February 18 (8pm) Sonography: Homage to Julio Herrera y Reissig. The poetic work of Modernist Uruguayan poet Julio Herrera y Reissig will be reviewed in this collective performance through an experimental lens that includes electronics, recorded music, voice, video projections and live music. Performances by Marcelo Toledo, Marcos Wasem, Ernesto Estrella, Aldo Mazzucchelli and Sabrina Lastman. Free admission. At Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street. For more information click here.

February 19 (7pm-9pm) Speak Up! Nuyorican Legends. A celebration of the great tradition of Nuyorican poetry.  Featuring Jesús Papoleto Melendez, Nancy Mercado, Willie Perdomo, Frank Perez, and Nuyorican Poets Cafe's legendary founder Miguel Algarin. Open mic session to follow. At El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue. To RSVP click here. For more information, click here.

February 21 (7:30pm-11pm) LouderARTS Open Slam. Featuring T’ai Freedom Ford. Come watch or compete in one of the last four qualifying slams for the LouderARTS slam team. At Bar 13, 35 East 13 Street. For more information click here.

February 22 (6:30 pm) Nueva York, c. 1929:  What Garcia Lorca Didn't See (or Say) Lecture by James D. Fernandez, Chair of Spanish and Portugese at New York University, exploring the presence of Spaniards and Spanish culture in New York in the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. Reception to follow. At King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South, Suite 201. For more information click here or call (212) 998-3650.

February 23 (7:30pm-10:30pm) Hispanic Panic! Transformations. Host Charlie Vázquez presents New York's avant-garde Latino/Queer reading series. Featuring six poets and writers who will share their stories of transformation and change and guest reader Vanessa “La Loba” Martir. Good music and cheap drinks, a plus. At Nowhere, 322 East 14 Street. For more information, click here.

February 25 (7pm) Spanish Book Club: "La Muerte de Artemio Cruz". Discussing Carlos Fuentes' 1962 novel, one of the masterpieces of the Latin American Boom. Moderated by Javier Molea. At McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street. For more information click here or call 212-274-1160.

February 25 (7pm) Celebrate Dominican Heritage Month. Presented by the Centro Cultural Hispano/Latino, a celebration of the voices of the diaspora. At the Queens Public Library (Corona Branch), 38-23 104th Street, Corona. For more information click here.

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