Tuesday, September 01, 2009


The Poetics of Labor Reading Series @ The Smithsonian

From the marvelous Francisco Aragón, Director of Letras Latinas and Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2010 featured poet:


@The Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

To mark Hispanic Heritage Month, the Smithsonian’s National Museum Of American History presents two Latino poets who will performing selections from their works. These special readings are on the occasion of the Museum’s special exhibit

“Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942 – 1964”

which will be on display this fall until early 2010

The poets are DIANA GARCÍA, who is from California’s San Joaquin Valley and author of the collection, When Living Was a Labor Camp (University of Arizona Press), and QUIQUE AVILÉS, a native of El Salvador who graduated from D.C.'s Duke Ellington School of the Arts and has been writing and performing in the U.S. for over 20 years

There will be four opportunities to hear these poets read from their work:

Saturday, September 26: 11 AM and 2 PM

Sunday, September 27: 12 noon and 3 PM

The readings will take place in the exhibition space, 2nd floor, West

For my information about “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program,” please visit:


The museum is on the National Mall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

“The Poetics of Labor” reading series is a collaboration with Letras Latinas, the literary program of Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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