If the books we are reading do not tell a story we recognize, it is up to us to write those stories. Virgin is a collection of poems that acts as its own mythology: a new, “virgin territory” that can describe what is like to be a young Latinx woman grappling with power dynamics within the confines of a Westernized experience. This lecture will explore how you can craft your own space as artists and intellectuals, pursuing your practice with strength and imagination. We will also discuss how writing can act as a vehicle for sharpening our awareness of ourselves and our communities.
Analicia Sotelo is the author of Virgin, the inaugural winner of the Jake Adam York Prize, selected by Ross Gay, to be published by Milkweed Editions in February 2018. She is also the author of the chapbook Nonstop Godhead, selected by Rigoberto González for the 2016 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship 30 and Under and her poem “I’m Trying to Write a Poem About a Virgin and It’s Awful” was selected for Best New Poets 2015 by Tracy K. Smith. Her poems have also appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, FIELD, Iowa Review, and The Antioch Review. She is the 2016 DISQUIET International Literary Prize winner in poetry and is the recipient of scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Image Text Ithaca Symposium. She holds a BA in English literature from Trinity University and an MFA in poetry from the University of Houston. She works for Writers in the Schools in Houston.
Each spring semester, Trinity's MAS (Mexico, the Americas, and Spain) program organizes the Alvarez Seminar, a series of lectures, readings, performances, films or workshops that provide a profound examination of a critical theme in the MAS world. It is interdisciplinary by nature and the coordination of the seminar rotates among MAS faculty from various departments. Alvarez Seminar events are incorporated into the courses of MAS faculty to maximize the engagement that students will have with the chosen theme.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm
William Knox Holt Center Dining Room
One Trinity Place, San Antonio, Texas 78212