College of Arts and Sciences


  • In Xóchitl in Cuicatl: Poetry Reading with Francisco X. Alarcón & Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs

    April 20, 2011

    Internationally recognized poets Francisco X. Alarcón and Professor Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs  present their poetry at 6 p.m. on May 7 in Pigott auditorium on the Seattle University campus. A prolific writer, Alarcón, who teaches at the University of California, Davis, is an award-winning, bicultural and multilingual Chicano poet who writes for both children and adults.  A multilingual, bicultural Chicana poet, Gutiérrez y Muhs recently represented the United States in India as one of the featured poets at the Kritya International Poetry Festival. This poetry reading is free and open to the public.

    Born in Los Angeles, California, Alarcón considers himself bi-national, having spent time as a child in both México and the United States. Mesoamerican mythology and cosmology, the Nahuatl language, Mesoamerican history, American culture, and Chicano, Latino and gay identity are all portrayed in Alarcón’s writing. His most recent collection of poems, Ce-Uno-One: Poems for the New Sun 

    (Swan Scythe Press 2010) includes poems in Nahuatl, one of the original and current languages of México; Mapuche, the language of indigenous people of Argentina and Chile; Gaelic, the original language of Ireland; Spanish; and English.

    Gutiérrez y Muhs, who joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2000, teaches in the departments of Modern Languages, Latin American Studies, and Women Studies. Her latest collection of poetry ¿How Many Indians Can We Be?, which addresses issues of colonization, immigration, indigeneity, post-colonialism, and identity from a transnational feminist perspective, is forthcoming in India in three languages.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Core Track in Diversity, Citizenship, and Social Justice and the Latin American Studies and Gaffney Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences.



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