30 April 2020
Un Nuevo Sol: Latinx Writers and Resistance
In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the UK, we are revising plans for our forthcoming Finding Power season. Keep your eyes out in the coming weeks as we will be updating our season with online content, video, podcasts, articles that explore how we find power in isolation.
The Latinx community is the 8th biggest in London, and the fastest growing, yet their spaces in Elephant and Castle and Seven Sisters are under threat.
Join us for a moving evening celebrating Latinx identities across the globe. Performative readings and talks will feature British and US-based Latinx writers coming together to honour the histories and futures of Latinx resistance and reclaim power. We will also be celebrating the first anthology of British Latinx writers, edited by Nathalie Teitler and Nii Ayikwei Parkes.
Featuring Antonio Lopez, Janel Pineda, Maia Elsner, Leo Boix and Patrizia Longhitano.
30 April 2020
Janel Pineda is a Los-Angeles born poet, educator, activist, and the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants. She is a founding editor and translator for La Piscucha Magazine and has performed her poetry internationally in both English and Spanish. Janel's poems have been published or are forthcoming in The BreakBeat Poets Vol.4: LatiNext, wildness, Latino Book Review, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, among others. She is currently pursuing an MA in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths, University of London as a Marshall Scholar.
Leo Boix is a Latinx bilingual poet born in Argentina and based in the UK. Boix has been included in many anthologies, such as Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe), Un Nuevo Sol: New Latinx Writers (Flipped Eye), Islands Are But Mountains: Contemporary Poetry from Great Britain (Platypus Press) and The Best New British and Irish Poets Anthology 2019 (Eyewear Publishing). His poems have appeared in POETRY, PN Review, The Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, AMBIT, The Manchester Rewview, The White Review, Letras Libres, Rialto, The Morning Star, and elsewhere. He is a fellow of The Complete Works Program, advisory member of the Poetry Translation Centre, and co-director of Invisible Presence, a scheme to nurture British Latinx writers. Boix is the recipient of the Keats-Shelley Prize 2019. His debut English collection will be out in 2021 with Chatto & Windus.
Maia Elsner grew up between Oxford and Mexico City, and began writing poetry in Massachusetts, USA. She was shortlisted for the 2019 White Review Poetry Prize, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Magma, Blackbox Manifold, Stand, Colorado Review, Willow Springs, and The Missouri Review, among others. Her poems were anthologized in Un Nuevo Sol: British LatinX Writers (flipped eye, 2019).
Patrizia Longhitano was born in Brazil in 1980 and lived in Manaus until she was eight years old. She moved to Italy with her adoptive parents until 2005 when she decided to move to the UK. Since then, she has been living in London working as a nanny. She started writing poems in English ten years ago. Some of her poems have appeared in the anthology Un Nuevo Sol, The Rialto Magazine, The South Bank Poetry Magazine and The Delinquent.
Born and raised in the East Palo Alto, CA Antonio López received his B.A. in Global Cultural Studies and African & African-American studies from Duke University. He’s received scholarships to attend the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the Home School, Tin House Summer Workshop, the Key West Literary Seminar, and the Vermont Studio Center. He is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop, a CantoMundo Fellow, and a 2019 Adroit Summer Mentor. His nonfiction has been featured or is forthcoming in PEN/America, The Latino Book Review, and Insider Higher Education, and his poetry in BOAAT, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Adroit Journal, Puerto del Sol, Huizache, Tin House and elsewhere. He was runner up for the inaugural Palette Poetry Spotlight Award of 2019 and the recipient of the 2019 Katherine Bakeless Nelson Award in Poetry for the 2019 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He received his Masters in Fine Arts (poetry) at Rutgers-Newark. As a 2018 Marshall Scholar, he is currently pursuing a Masters in Philosophy in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford, where he is also poetry editor of the Oxford Review of Books. His debut collection, Gentefication, won the 2019 Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry, and is set to be published fall of 2021.
Director, The Complete Works
Dr Nathalie Teitler HonFRSL was born in Buenos Aires. She came to the UK on a boat with her family in the early 1970s at a time of great political turmoil, as did thousands of Chileans and Argentinians at the time. Over the next 50 years they were joined by waves of Colombians, Mexicans, Bolivians, Brazilians and Venezuelans to make up the current British Latinx community which is the 8th largest in the UK. In the 1990s at the same time as she was working on her Phd (in Latin American poetry), Nathalie worked for the first community organisations in London to focus on the growing Latin community. She went on to a career promoting inclusivity and innovation in British literature and was the Director of the ground-breaking Complete Works Poetry, a national programme that significantly impacted on the landscape of British poetry. With the Argentinian-British poet, Leo Boix, Nathalie set up a project, Invisible Presence, to find, nurture and develop Briitsh Latinx writers. In 2019 she co-edited the first major anthology of Briitsh Latinx writers, Un Nuevo Sol with flipped eye publishing which was launched at the Southbank. Nathalie is also the Director of Dancing Words which makes dance poetry films and is writing a novel based on the tango scene of 1900 in Buenos Aires.
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