Photo of Achy Obejas by Kaloian
Sunday, November 8 | 12-1 PM
Cultura in Pilsen
1900 S Carpenter St | Chicago, IL | 60608
In her native Dominican Republic, Rita Indiana is known as La Montra or the monster for her accomplishments as a writer, musician, and theater artist. Most recently she's been a vocal critic of the country where she was born for its treatment of Haitian immigrants. Writer and critic Achy Obejas, who translated Indiana's novel Papi, will discuss Indiana's work and her Caribbean and queer identity. The program will begin with Crossing Paths, a multimedia bilingual performance by first generation immigrant youth.
This bilingual program will offer simultaneous interpretation into Spanish.
This program is generously underwritten by The Chicago Community Trust and is presented in partnership with Cultura in Pilsen, contratiempo, and the Chicago Latino Writers Initiative.
Writer, poet, and critic Achy Obejas has long navigated the overlap between Caribbean and queer identity through her own work (Ruins, Days of Awe) as well as her translations of other authors (Junot Diaz, Rita Indiana). Obejas will read from her recent and forthcoming work and lead a conversation about island identity and citizenship. The program will begin with Crossing Paths, a multimedia bilingual performance by first generation immigrant youth.
Diana Pando is a Chicago-based writer and co-founder of the Chicago Latino Writers Initiative. Her poetry and fiction appear in the Offerings of Flesh anthology, the Cantología anthology, Rebeldes, a Proyecto Latina anthology, and Rites of Passage anthology. She was a finalist for the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Competition in 2012. She also teaches writing and storytelling workshops.