¿Quién soy? Y ¿Quiénes somos?: A Panel Discussion with Latine Poets

October 12, 2023
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

When: Thursday, October 12th, 2023

Time: 4:30pm

Where: Women’s Building Formal Lounge

The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity has invited several poets to Washington University in St. Louis for a panel discussion in celebration of Latine Heritage month. Join us for a discussion about poetic craft and issues of race and identity.

This panel will feature poets:

Roy Guzmán is a Honduran poet whose first collection, Catrachos, was published by Graywolf Press on May 5, 2020. Roy has also been the recipient of a Scribe for Human Rights Fellowship, focusing on issues affecting migrant farm workers in Minnesota, and has been chosen as a Letras Latinas Scholar and a Poetry Incubator participant and workshop leader. After the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, their poem “Restored Mural for Orlando” was turned into a chapbook, with the help of poet and visual artist, D. Allen, to raise funds for the victims. With poet Miguel M. Morales, Roy edited the anthology Pulse/Pulso: In Remembrance of Orlando, published by Damaged Goods Press.

Yesenia Montilla received her MFA from Drew University in Poetry & Poetry in translation. She is a CantoMundo graduate fellow and a 2020 NYFA fellow. Her work has been published in Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast and in Best of American Poetry 2021 and 2022. Her first collection The Pink Box is published by Willow Books & was longlisted for a PEN Open Book award. Her second collection Muse Found in a Colonized Body published by Four Way Books in 2022 was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. She lives in Harlem, NY.

Matt Sedillo has been described as the “best political poet in America” as well as “the poet laureate of the struggle” by academics, poets, and journalists alike. He has appeared on CSPAN and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. The poetry of Matt Sedillo is in turn a shot in the arm of pure revolutionary adrenaline and at others a sobering call for the fundamental restructuring of society in the interest of people not profits. Passionate, analytical, humorous and above all sincere, a revolutionary poet fortunate enough to be living in interesting times, the artistry of Matt Sedillo is a clarion call for all those who know a new world is not only possible but inevitable.​

Moderated by Tila Neguse, Associate Director and Gicela Medina, Hispanic Studies PhD Student.

This event is cosponsored by The Divided City, The Center for the Humanities, The Center for the Literary Arts, The Department of English- Creative Writing Program, The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, The Office of Institutional Equity and SOMOS WashU.