Ecos del Gran Viejo: Latin American Poets Sing Walt Whitman, a bilingual reading of works by Latin American writers influenced by Whitman, UCLA Powell Library Rotunda, 2-4pm
Beginning with poet and Cuban patriot, José Martí, and ending with Mexican poet and Nobel Prize Laureate, Octavio Paz, Ecos del Gran Viejo is a bilingual reading exploring one of the most important nodes of inter-American literary exchange over the last two centuries: the impact of Walt Whitman, America’s first poet of democracy, on Latin American literary and political consciousness. Like Whitman himself, we ask, “What is it then between us?” Performance followed by reception with cake on the occasion of Whitman’s 200th birthday. Free and open to the public. RSVPs encouraged.
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Miranda Lore Drayton-Porras, 6th Grader, Geffen Academy at UCLA
Susannah Rodríguez Drissi, PhD, Lecturer, Writing Programs
Marú García, MFA Student, Design Media Arts
Antonio Ginés Collado Gonzáles, PhD Student, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Audrey Harris, PhD, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Norma Mendoza-Denton, PhD, Associate Dean, Graduate Division
Gabriela Venegas, PhD, Lecturer, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Helga Zambrano, PhD Student, Department of Comparative Literature
Featuring special guest appearance by Yalil Guerra, Latin Grammy Award-winning composer and guitarist
Co-sponsored by UCLA Writing Programs, UCLA Library, and the Latin American Institute as part of Whitmania, the west coast’s largest celebration of Walt Whitman’s bicentennial. Produced by Drs. Amber West and Susannah Rodríguez Drissi.