Join us for a reading and conversation in conjunction with the opening of artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña’s new exhibition Sonoran Quipu, co-presented by the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center & MOCA.
Readings by poets Cecilia Vicuña, Rosa Alcalá, and Daniel Borzutzky will be followed by a conversation. Vicuña will also debut a new broadside publication, available at the event.
Video documentation of the event will be archived and available on the Poetry Center’s YouTube page.
About the Poets:
Cecilia Vicuña (b. 1948 in Santiago, Chile; lives and works in New York and Santiago) is a poet, artist, filmmaker and activist. Her work addresses pressing concerns of the modern world, including ecological destruction, human rights, and cultural homogenization. This year alone, solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at a number of major institutions, including the Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom (2022); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (2022), and Museo de Arte Miguel Urrutia (MAMU), Bogotá, Colombia (2022).
Daniel Borzutzky’s most recent books of poetry include Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018; Lake Michigan, finalist for 2018 Griffin International Poetry Prize; and The Performance of Becoming Human, winner of the 2016 National Book Award. His translations include Galo Ghigliotto’s Valdivia, winner of ALTA’s 2017 National Translation Award; and collections by Raúl Zurita, Jaime Luis Huenún; Paula Ilabaca Nuñez; and Cecilia Vicuna. He teaches in the English and Latin American and Latino Studies Departments at the University of Chicago.
Rosa Alcalá is a poet and translator originally from Paterson, NJ who has published four books of poetry, including YOU (forthcoming from Coffee House Press, 2022). Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, and runner-up for a PEN Translation Award, her poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Harper’s, The Nation, and Best American Poetry (2019 & 2021). She currently lives and teaches in El Paso, TX.
This event is presented in partnership with The University of Arizona Poetry Center.