516 WORDS: Eleuterio Santiago-Díaz, Raquel Z. Rivera & Loida Maritza Pérez

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Friday, August 31
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516 WORDS, a literary arts series in conjunction with the themes of 516 ARTS’ exhibitions, features three accomplished writers from the Carribbean who make their home in Albuquerque. Eleuterio Santiago-Díaz, a Puerto Rican poet and literary critic, is an associate professor of Latin American and Caribbean literature at the University of New Mexico. His teaching and research focus on Afro-Hispanic literature and culture in the twentieth century in light of critical theories on race, writing and modernity; modern Latin American poetry; and U.S. Latino Caribbean literature. Raquel Z. Rivera, a writer of fiction, non-fiction and songs who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, will share stories and redemption songs tied together by Caribbean liberation mythologies and the uncanny, not-quite-postcolonial parallels between the Caribbean and New Mexico. She is the author of New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology. Loida Maritza Pérez is the author of Geographies of Home, a novel. As a native of Quisqueya renamed Hispaniola and divvied by colonialism into Haiti and the Dominican Republic; as one with ancestry originating in Africa, Europe and the Americas; also as one whose Latinidad and Americanidad are called into question by virtue of her Blackness, Loida Maritza Perez is interested in whitewashed histories, in negated identities, and in contested territories. 516 WORDS is organized by Don McIver and is made possible in part by Beyond Poetry, LLC.



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Images: Photo of Raquel Rivera by Erika Morillo; Photo of Loida Maritza Pérez (detail) by Will Wilson