Please be sure to RSVP!
WHO: VALERIE MEJER and OMAR PEREZ
WHERE: Daniel Borzutzky’s house. 2458 W. Grace #2
WHEN: Sunday, October 12th at 7PM
WHAT TO DO: RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org (space is very limited)
Painter and poet Valerie Mejer lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She is the author of the poetry collections Rain of the Future (2013), translated by Forrest Gander, Alexandra Zelman, and C.D. Wright; de la ola, el atajo (2009); Geografías de Niebla (2008); Esta Novela Azul (2004), which was translated by Michelle Gil-Montero as This Blue Novel (2014); and Ante el Ojo de Cíclope (1999). Her book De Elefante a Elefante (1997) won the Spanish Government’s “Gerardo Diego 1966” International Award. Her etchings appear in Raúl Zurita’s Los Boteros de la Noche (2010), and her paintings appear in Forrest Gander’s Ligaduras / Ligatures (2012) and in Antonio Prete’s Menhir (2007) and L’imperfection de la Lune (2007). Mejer is also the recipient of two CONACULTA grants as well as a grant from Sistema Estatal de Creadores for her translation of Australian poet Les Murray’s work.
Omar Pérez López lives in Havana, Cuba. He is a poet, essayist, visual artist, translator, and musician. His books in English translation by Kristin Dykstra include Something of the Sacred and Did You Hear about the Fighting Cat? He was awarded Cuba’s Nicolás Guillén Prize for Poetry for Crítica de la razón puta in late 2009, and early in 2010 saw the release of his multilingual book of poems, Lingua Franca (Unión). Pérez won the Cuban National Critics’ Prize for the category of the essay in 2000 with his collection La perseverancia de un hombre oscuro. Recently he began to compose regguetón poems (sound files forthcoming at the PennSound archive) and original poetry in English.