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Jews in Latin America: From conversos to kosher

Oct 24, 2018 Comments Off on Jews in Latin America: From conversos to kosher by

by Lauren Chalk * How  Jewish is Latin America? How vibrant is the Latin American-Jewish community? From the Sephardim of the Hispanic Caribbean islands, to the Ashkenazim in the metropolitan cities of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, we can gauge the Jewish presence through the size of its communities and the visibility of its institutions. Yet, it […]

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Featured poet: Augusto Rodríguez

Sep 21, 2018 Comments Off on Featured poet: Augusto Rodríguez

Augusto Rodríguez was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1979. He is a poet, journalist, editor of El Quirófano Ediciones, university professor in Guayaquil and director of the Festival Internacional de Poesía de Guayaquil Ileana Espinel Cedeño. He has written more than 20 books of poetry, stories, novels, interviews and essays, published in Spain, Mexico, Cuba, […]

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Featured poet: Nicolás López-Pérez

Aug 28, 2018 Comments Off on Featured poet: Nicolás López-Pérez

Nicolás López-Pérez (Rancagua, 1990) is a lawyer and writer currently living in Santiago de Chile. He has published the book of poems Geografía de las geografías [Geography of geographies] (2018). He runs the website “La comparecencia infinita” [The infinite summons], which features poetry from around the world. His translations of English-language poetry appear in the magazine Saposcat. xxxxxxx Traffic There is […]

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Reggaeton and Race: exploring the changing status of reggaeton

Jul 25, 2018 Comments Off on Reggaeton and Race: exploring the changing status of reggaeton

By Lauren Chalk ‘Journalists in Europe say that real news in the Old World boils down to matters of class, while important news in the New World boils down to matters of race.’ – Guardiola-Rivera 2010 Abstract A hybrid of reggae and rap, reggaeton has been referred to as the “weapon” of the disenfranchised of […]

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Featured poet: Carmen Troncoso Baeza

Jul 25, 2018 Comments Off on Featured poet: Carmen Troncoso Baeza

Carmen Troncoso Baeza (Valparaíso, 1957) trained to teach music at the University of Chile in Valparaíso. She has written two books of poems, Vuelo indomable (Editorial Subterranis, Santiago, Chile) and Al sur de las mariposas (Biblioteca Universalis, Bucharest, Romania). She has participated in four anthologies: Ocho naufragos (Subterranis, Santiago), VII Antología Poética y Libro Digital “Letras del Mundo” (Instituto Cultural Latinoamericano, […]

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Featured poet: Isabel Rivero

Jun 20, 2018 Comments Off on Featured poet: Isabel Rivero

Isabel Rivero was born in Linares, Chile. She came to Santiago to study Philosophy at the Pedagogical Institute. In the ’80s she was expelled from the university; she returned in 1991 after a decree was passed ordering the reincorporation of students punished by the dictatorship. In 2011 she attended a workshop at  Diego Portales University with Raúl Zurita, and in 2012 participated in the Laboratorio de Escritura […]

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Featured poet: Diego Alegría

Jun 09, 2018 Comments Off on Featured poet: Diego Alegría

Diego Alegría Corona (Santiago, 1994) studied English Language and Literature at the Universidad de Chile. He won the Premio Municipal Juegos Literarios Gabriela Mistral (Chile) in 2012 and was finalist for the Premio José María Valverde (Spain) in 2014. The following poems come from his book Raíz abierta (Pez Espiral, 2015). as i cross the river your […]

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Featured poet: Emersson Pérez

May 24, 2018 Comments Off on Featured poet: Emersson Pérez

Emersson Pérez (Santiago, 1982) studied library science and publishing at the University of Santiago de Chile. He contributed to the books Márgenes del colectivo mal de ojo (Ajiaco Ediciones, 2011) and Rieles sumergidos (2012), and his work appears in the anthologies Poesía molotov (Editorial Cascada de Palabras, Mexico 2011), Cordillera de voces: Poesía chilena actual (Sediento Ediciones, Mexico 2012), Antología de conspiradores (Marciano Ediciones, 2016) […]

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Lorca adaptation “Verde, agua y luna” entrances with images

May 09, 2018 Comments Off on Lorca adaptation “Verde, agua y luna” entrances with images

By Stefanie Borkum In a small theatre at the back of the Calder Bookshop, the simple black stage becomes alternatively the claustrophobic cell of the poet and dramatist, Federico García Lorca, and a backdrop for the characters and imagery that populate his work. The play Verde, agua y luna, devised by the two actors Maria Estévez-Serrano […]

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Featured poet: Roberto Contreras

Apr 13, 2018 Comments Off on Featured poet: Roberto Contreras

Roberto Contreras (1975) is a writer, editor and professor. He has contributed to many magazines, helped found the publication La Calabaza del Diablo, participated in the collective Lanzallamas and directed the website Carcaj for the publisher LOM. His work includes Ahora es cuando (1998), Siberia (2007), Empleo mínimo (2008) and the journalistic pieces Domingo urbano (2014). He has written critical studies on the work of Carlos Droguett, Roberto […]

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Featured poet: Gastón Carrasco

Mar 07, 2018 Comments Off on Featured poet: Gastón Carrasco

Gastón Carrasco Aguilar (Santiago, 1988) has written Monstruos marinos [Sea Monsters] (2017), Viewmaster (2011; second edition, 2016), El instante no es decisivo [The Moment Isn’t Decisive] (2014) and the plaquette La soledad del francotirador [The Loneliness of the Sniper] (2016). Image: The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Katsushika Hokusai, woodcut, 1831. The Great Wave off Kanagawa How many ways can one […]

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Featured poet: Alfonso Grez

Jan 19, 2018 Comments Off on Featured poet: Alfonso Grez

Alfonso Grez (Santiago de Chile, 1973) studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica and film production at New York University. One of his film shorts won the Premio Pudú at the 7th Valdivia Film Festival in the category of Video Fiction. He has published four books of poetry, Ciencia Aplicada, Defcon 3, Spot and Centrífuga.     my life in the cube i press the button the bed makes […]

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Featured poet: Bernardo Reyes

Dec 24, 2017 Comments Off on Featured poet: Bernardo Reyes

Bernardo Reyes (Temuco, 1951) is a poet and essayist. He has published the books Pájaros de contrasueño [Antidream birds], Karmazul, para duendes y sirenas [Blue karma for spirits and sirens], and Carta para un hijo imaginario y otras desmemorias [Letter to an imaginary son and other amnesias]. He is Pablo Neruda’s nephew. Letter to an imaginary son I write you […]

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