**This event is lead by people who identify as afro-latina, trans-latina, non-christian. This event is lead by strong mujeres and queers. This event is not institutionally affiliated and is helping to raise funds for undocumented detained migrants at QDEP (more info below).**
PEN America recently announced an event called "Writers Resist NYC: Louder Together for Free Expression" which features dozens of prominent NYC poets. None of them being latinx or native. This pissed people off because so much of Trumps rhetoric was anti-immigrant, anti-undocumented, anti-latinx and it feels like, even in our activist literary communities, we latinxs still do not have space. We are not seen.
This led to a larger discussion about the lack of money in NYC flowing to Latinx poets (specifically in arts administration and tenure tracks teaching jobs). Without latinxs involved in arts administration or tenure tracked academic jobs, of course our voices are being ignored during readings, publications, etc. Thus, this event "Latinxs Against Everyone: Poetry and Protest" will highlight the poetry of NYC Latinx Poets and Activists. We are speaking against Trumps hateful anti-immigrant, anti-undocumted rhetoric. We are speaking against the literary institutions which have historically and continue to exclude latinxs from literary culture.
Christopher Soto, Diana Marie Delgado, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Yesenia Montilla, Ricardo Hernandez, Eduardo C Corral, Nancy Mercado, Francisco Márquez, Grisel Yolanda Acosta, Monica McClure, Denice Frohman, Nathan Xavier Osorio, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes, Sera Serpas, Gabriel Ramirez, Noel Quiñones, Cathy de la Cruz, Edwin Torres, Henry Mills, Roberto Carlos García, Zelene Pineda Suchilt, Sheila Maldonado, Vincent Toro, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Melissa Buzzeo, Eddie Martinez, Steven Cordova, Rich Villar, Camila Loúrdes Ver, Steven Alvarez, Bonafide Rojas, Annette Estevez, Nia Andino, Mario J Pagan, Jani Rose and Martín Espada.
Testimonios Given by:
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project about life inside immigration detention centers for queer/trans migrants. http://www.qdep.org/