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Open Door Reading: Latina and Latino Poets in Washington, D.C.


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Open Door Reading: Latina and Latino Poets in Washington, D.C.

Join editor José Ballesteros and poets published in the bilingual anthology Knocking on the Door of the White House, the first Spanish/English anthology of Latinx poetry from the Washington metropolitan Area. Join us most Saturdays, 2 p.m., at The Writer’s Center for readings with emerging and established writers. Hear from major voices and come out to support rising talent!

Join editor Jose Ballesteros and poets published in the bilingual anthology Knocking on the Door of the White House: Latina and Latino Poets in Washington, D.C. Readers will include Alberto Avendaño, Ada Vilageliu-Diaz, Milagros Terán, and Consuelo Hernández

Alberto Avendaño
(Vigo, Spain)
Avendaño is a writer, journalist and poet. He is the Editor in Chief of the Washington Post’s weekly newspaper in Spanish, El Tiempo Latino. He is the author of four books of poetry:Silabario de la Turbina (1976), Facer Pulgarcitos Tres (1979), Upalás (1998), and Texas (2003). Avendaño is one of the founders of the literary group Rompente, considered one of the most influential literary currents in Spain’s post-Franco political transition.

Cacayo Ballesteros
(Quito, Ecuador)
In 2002, Cacayo finished his graduate studies at the University of Kansas, moved to D.C., and began teaching at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Cacayo is the author of the book of poetryLovedust/Polvo enamorado (Izote Press, 2014). He is a published translator of poetry, and the co-founder and editor of the literary press Zozobra Publishing.

Consuelo Hernández
(El Peñol, Antioquia, Colombia)
Hernández is the author of five books of poetry, among them Poems From Debris and Ash (2006) and Mi reino sin orillas (2016). Her work as literary critic includes, Álvaro Mutis: una estética del deterioro with a prologue by Mutis himself, and Voces y perspectivas en la Poesía Latinoamericana del siglo **. In 2011 she received the Antonio Machado Poetry Prize in Madrid, Spain. Her voice is recorded in the Library of Congress archives.

(San Juan Opico, El Salvador)
Carlos Parada Ayala is the author of the poetry book, The Light of the Storm (Zozobra Publishing, 2013) and co-editor of the anthology Al pie de la Casa Blanca: Poetas hispanos de Washington, D.C. (North American Academy of the Spanish Language, 2010.) For his contribution to Salvadoran letters, the Embassy of El Salvador in Washington, D.C., awarded him the “Independence 2013” distinction. He is also a recipient of Washington, D.C.’s Larry Neal Poetry Award.

(León, Nicaragua)
Terán is a poet and translator and recipient of the National Poetry Prize “Mariana Sanson” in Nicaragua and the Humanities Forum Award by the state of Delaware. Her award-winning bookSol Lascivo, written while in Africa, elevated her poetic voice to international standing. In 2013, she published in English the poetry book The Lights at My Temple. Her children’s poems are collected in Poemas de Una Niña, some acquired by McGraw-Hill in 2012. Terán holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Maryland.

(Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain)
Ada Vilageliu-Díaz graduated from the University of La Laguna in the Canary Islands with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Philology. She later obtained a doctorate in African-American, Caribbean, and Afro-Latino literature from Howard University. Her poems were first published in the Latino poets’ edition of the Beltway Poetry Quarterly in 2005. She is also a documentary filmmaker

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