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Poesia: Poe-SEE-ah- An Afternoon of Poetry and Visuals in Spanish and English

February 11, 2012 3:00 pm

Queens Museum of Art

Queens Museum of Art
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
7 train or LIRR to Mets/Willets Point
Admission, RSVP required

Queens in Love with Literature (QUILL) presents a creative translation event featuring an afternoon of poetry and visuals presented by authors working in Spanish and English at the Queens Museum of Art in Corona Park on Saturday, February 11from 4-6pm. Featured author/translators Guillermo Filice Castro, Urayoan Noel and Elizabeth Torres will present works and images in a multidisciplinary reading focusing on the translation of the visual world to the written word.

A suggested donation of includes light refreshments provided in part by Lagunitas Brewing Co. Join us for the performance and stay for the beer, plus an informal tour of the Queens International Exhibit!

Queens in Love with Literature (QUILL) is a forum for Queens writers who are committed to developing and defining the creative field of translation, and offers audiences in Queens the opportunity not only to hear from authors working in their own neighborhood, but also perhaps in their own language. This year QUILL seeks to expand the concept of translation through a series of creative translation events, featuring artists from other disciplines in collaborative interpretations of literary works. QUILL is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.

Queens Council on the Arts is the borough-wide arts council of Queens. The mission of the Queens Council on Arts is to foster, and develop the arts in Queens county and to support arts organizations and individual artists in presenting their cultural diversity for the benefit of the community.


Guiellermo Filice Castro’s work has appeared in journals such as Assaracus, Barrow Street, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Court Green,, Fogged Clarity, Hinchas de Poesia,, La Petite Zine, Quarterly West, among others, as well as the anthologies Divining Divas, My Diva, This Full Green Hour, Saints of Hysteria, This New Breed, and more. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, are featured in Guernica, Terra Incognita, U.S. Latino Review, and Visions. He’s the author of two chapbooks, “Cry Me a Lorca” (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010) and “Toy Storm” (Big Fat Press, 1997). Born and raised in Argentina, Castro is now a U.S. citizen.

Urayoán Noel is a poet and critic from San Juan, Puerto Rico who teaches literature and creative writing at SUNY Albany. He is the author of four bilingual or translingual books of poetry, the most recent of which is Hi-Density Politics (BlazeVOX Books, 2010). A contributing editor of Mandorla, his work has appeared in a variety of national and international journals, and in anthologies of Puerto Rican, Latin American, Hispanic Caribbean, and U.S. Latino/a poetry. He is currently a Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO fellow in poetry and a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, where he is completing a book on Nuyorican poetry. Noel’s collaborations include a variety of text-sound works with musician and composer Monxo López (with whom he also performs), and, with artist Martha Clippinger, the multimedia project The Edgemere Letters.

Elizabeth Torres, born in Bogota, Columbia, is a poet and multi-media artist. Currently Kean University’s Poet in Residence, where she studied Media & Film and Fine Arts, she is the author of 16 published works in English and Spanish, and director of Red Door Magazine since 2009. A member of the Neverstop project and “Eyelids Burn”, an experimental band, as well as the Poetas en NY collective, Elizabeth has given more than 1,000 interviews around the world and toured throughout Mexico, the US and China. Elizabeth was selected by CNN’s Young People Who Rock in 2007 and by American Eagle Outfitter’s “Live your Life” campaign as a role model.

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