Duende District Partners with Letras Latinas for Curated Conversation(s)

Duende District Bookstore, which operates pop-up bookshops in Albuquerque, N.Mex., and Washington, D.C., has partnered with Letras Latinas and The Writer's Center to create Curated Conversation(s): a Latinx Poetry Show, a year-long event series beginning tonight.

The initiative pairs poets and interviewers of their choosing for in-depth discussion of the poets' first books. Each conversation will be recorded on Zoom and posted on the website of The Writer's Center on the final Tuesday of each month. At the same time, Duende District Bookstores will distribute books for book club discussions pertaining to each poetry collection featured in Curated Conversation(s).

Anthony Cody and Keith S. Wilson

The first part of Curated Conversation(s) will debut tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern. National Book Award finalist Anthony Cody and award-winning poet Keith S. Wilson will discuss Cody's debut, Borderland Apocrypha (published by Omnidawn).

Episodes two through six will feature Jacqueline Balderrama's Now in Color (Perugia Press); Benjamin Garica's Throw in the Throat (Milkweed Editions); Grisel Y. Acosta's Things to Pack on the Way to Everywhere (Get Fresh Books); Michael Torres's An Incomplete List of Names (Beacon Press); and Caridad Moro-Gronlier's Tortillera (Texas Review Press).

Letras Latinas is a literary initiative from the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies. Francisco Aragón, the director of Letras Latinas, envisioned the Curated Conversation(s) series as a way to help poets promote their debuts during the pandemic.

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