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
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 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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