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Aunt Lute Authors Continue to Make Waves; The Smithsonian Celebrates Gloria Anzaldúa

Upcoming author events

Piyali Bhattacharya

​​Piyali Bhattacharya will be speaking at three upcoming events for Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion, the first anthology to examine the multiple facets of daughterhood in South Asian American families. Don't miss a chance to see Piyali and engage with her work at these upcoming events:

  • February 7, 2018 Keynote Speech, Purdue University

  • February 21, 2018 Lecture and Discussion, The College of the Holy Cross

  • February 22, 2018 Lecture and Discussion, Wellesley College

Juliana Delgado Lopera

Juliana Delgado Lopera will be doing a Southwest tour with Sister Spit March 2-15! Juliana will be reading from ¡Cuéntamelo! Oral Histories by LGBT Latino Immigrants, alongside other original work. If you're in any of these cities, you do NOT want to miss this Sister Spit tour! Follow RADAR Productions on Facebook to get updates and learn about events near you.

"Sister Spit will tour the West Coast and Southwest March 2-15, 2018, featuring MariNaomi, Wo Chan, Jay Dodd, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Andrea Abi-Karam, Jamal Lewis and Virgie Tovar - each offers intersectional perspectives on issues of race, size, class, gender and sexuality."

ire'ne lara silva

On February 1st, ire'ne lara silva won the Artist Grant for literature from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Fund! The grant was awarded to support the writing of ire'ne's first novel, Naci. Congratulations, ire'ne! For more information on the project, please visit the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture's website.

Spring Tour Dates

ire'ne has also announced a series of spring tour dates:

  • March 24, 2018 Grito Writing Workshop and Reading, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

  • March 29, 2018 Panel for MACC's screening of Dolores, Austin, TX

  • April 11-12, 2018 LATINA POETRY ACROSS THE AMERICAS Symposium, Trinity University, San Antonio,TX

  • April 18-19, 2018 Reading, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Don't miss your chance to support ire'ne and her powerful work!


2017 Of Note

Judy Grahn

Poet and social theorist Judy Grahn was honored with two awards in 2017. Judy received an award honoring women in the military, sponsored by the Women Veterans Lions Club, in March and also received the Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature and Community Service in June.

My Good Judy Foundation was established in December 2017 as a residency program based in New Orleans for artists, poets, writers and scholars for the study of Judy's work.

Judy also held several readings of her works throughout the country in 2017, including at Manhattan's LGBT Center in September and UC Berkeley's New Narrative Conference in October.

Finally, look out for Judy's recently published and forthcoming writing, which you can find in Dark Matters, Strange Attractions, and Spoon/Knife 3, an anthology of neurodiverse writings edited by Nick Walker from Autonomous Press.

The Smithsonian Pays Tribute to Gloria Anzaldúa

On October 7, 2017, the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian hosted Rembering Gloria Anzaldúa, a special Hispanic and LGBT History Month program to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Gloria's birth and the 30th anniversary of the publication of Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, which was first published by Aunt Lute in 1987.

The program featured poet Raquel Gutiérrez, poet ire'ne lara silva, who co-edited Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands (published by Aunt Lute in 2016) with Dan Vera, and scholar AnaLouise Keating.

"A near full crowd in the huge auditorium at the National Museum of the American Indian...ire'ne opened her talk with an excerpt of one of Anzaldúa's letters. It was so powerful. Almost as if this figure who had been spoken about by the previous two speakers (ire'ne spoke last) became fully fleshed in the space through her words," Dan Vera said of the event.

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