Lit & Luz 2015: II



MAKE Literary Productions and partners are proud to present the second annual Lit & Luz Festival—a one-of-a-kind series of events featuring renowned authors and visual artists from Chicago and Mexico City in cultural exchange and conversation.


Thursday, November 19th

Lit & Luz Festival at UChicago, 12:00–1:30 PM

5710 South Woodlawn Avenue, Room 107 (Community Lounge)

MAKE Literary Productions, The Katz Center for Mexican Studies, and Mural Magazine host a panel discussion as part of the annual Chicago Lit & Luz Festival.

How does literature help us cope with the challenges of society? Violence and immigration are increasingly popular topics in Latin American literature. Does literature have an impact among the people that live these difficulties? Is it a cathartic effort on behalf of the authors speaking for themselves? For their community? Next Thursday, Latin American writers Mario Bellatin, Luis Felipe Fabre, Brenda Lozano, and Gerardo Cardenas will be joining us to discuss the relations between literature and coping, literature and violence, and literature as a space to expose and explore social challenges.

Lunch will be provided.



ACRE PROJECTS1345 W 19th Street, 7 PM

Featuring Luis Felipe Fabre, Joyelle McSweeney, y Duriel E. Harris

Hosted by Daniel Borzutzky

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en español e inglés


Friday, November 20th

Words in Transit: A Colloquium on Translation in Debate

Hagstrum Room, University Hall, Northwestern University

1897 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, 2-4 PM

Featuring lectures and performances by Daniel Borzutzky, Brenda Lozano, and Nicholas Sweatt

Presented by the Northwestern University’s Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Poetry & Poetics Colloquium, and Center for the Writing Arts.


Loyola U. Chicago, Piper Hall (970 W. Sheridan Rd.), Lake Shore Campus, 4 PM

A bilingual reading with award-winning Mexico City based poet, critic, and IBERO professor, Luis Felipe Fabre. His most recent book is titled Sor Juana and Other Monsters. He has published a volume of essays, Leyendo agujeros, Ensayos sobre (des)escritura, antiescritura y no escritura, and the poetry collections Cabaret Pronvenza, La sodomía en la Nueva España, and Poemas de terror y de misterio.

Q&A with LUC Professor, Héctor García Ch.

Light food and drinks

Hosted by LUC Latin American and Latino Studies Program and Modern Languages and Literatures


Constellation, 3111 N Western, 7:30 PM

Featuring readings from Mario Bellatin, Brenda Lozano, and Adam Levin

followed by a conversation with Mario Bellatin moderated by Héctor García, with translation by Gerardo Cárdenas

Video art by Jeremiah Jones and live video manipulation by Amanda Gutiérrez

Live music by Elastic Arts

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en español e inglés


Our partners:

Lit & Luz partners include the University of Chicago’s Katz’s Center for Mexican Studies, Northwestern University’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The Center for the Writing Arts at Northwestern, contratiempo, Loyola University’s Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program and The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, 7Vientos Books, Roosevelt University, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Asymptote Journal.

With support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and individuals.


More on the participants:

Mario Bellatin has published dozens of novellas in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. His English-language translations include Beauty Salon (City Lights, 2010) Chinese Checkers: Three Fictions (Ravenna Press, 2009), and Flowers & Mishima’s Illustrated Biography (7Vientos, 2014), garnering him attention from the New York Times,Words Without Borders, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His Phoneme Media titles include Shiki Nagaoka: A Nose for Fiction and the upcoming Jacob the Mutant. Bellatin’s work frequently examines deformity, disease, sexual identity, and the ambiguity between fiction and reality. Bellatin is Director of the Dynamic School of Writers in Mexico City. Bellatin photo courtesy of Samuel Torres Parra/7Vientos.

Daniel Borzutzky‘s most recent publications include Memories of my Overdevelopment (Kenning Editions, 2015) and In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy (Nightboat, 2015) and a translation of Raúl Zurita’s The Country of Planks (Action Books, 2015). His work has been recognized by grants from the PEN American Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council.

Gerardo Cárdenas is a Mexico City-born writer and journalist. He lived in Mexico City, Miami, Washington, D.C., Brussels and Madrid before settling down in the Chicago area in 1989. He currently is the editorial director for contratiempo, the only Spanish-language cultural and literary magazine in the Midwest. His poems, short stories and articles have been published in print and electronic media outlets, as well as anthologies in Mexico, the United States, Spain, Venezuela, Chile and the Dominican Republic. He won the Premio Interamericano Carlos Montemayor 2013, has twice won the John Barry Spanish Short Fiction Award (2004, 2007) and was a finalist to the Cuerpos del Deseo Erotic Fiction Award in 2013. In 2011 he published A veces llovia en Chicago(Vocesueltas/Magenta), a collection of short fiction. A second short fiction book and a first book of poetry are soon to be published. Gerardo also publishes the weekly literary blog En la Ciudad de los Vientos. 

Luis Felipe Fabre (1974) is a poet and critic based in Mexico City. He has published a volume of essays, Leyendo agujeros. Ensayos sobre (des)escritura, antiescritura y no escritura, and the poetry collections Cabaret Provenza, La sodomía en la Nueva España, and Poemas de terror y de misterio. He is the editor of two anthologies of contemporary Mexican poetry, Divinot tesoro and La edad de oro, and Arte & basura, an anthology of Mario Santiago Papasquiaro’s poetry work. He has been curator of the Poesía en Voz Alta Festival and Todos los originales serán destruídos, an exhibition of contemporary art made by poets.

Paul Giallorenzo is a producer, organizer, co-founder, and director of the art gallery/music venue Elastic, producing hundreds of creative music concerts in Chicago since 2001. Born and raised in NY, he is a also a Chicago-based improviser, composer, and sound designer using piano, synthesizer, and electronics in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic / noise. Current projects and releases include GitGO (Leo, 482 reeds/brass/piano/bass/drums); Paul Giallorenzo Trio featuring Ingebrigt Håker Flaten + Tim Daisy (Nottwo Records, piano/bass/drums); Gregorio/Giallorenzo Duo (Peira, clarinet/piano); Breakway (Peira, synthesizers/piano/percussion);Masul (Creative Sources, (bass saxophone/electronics).

Amanda Guitiérrez (Mexico City, 1978 ) studied stage design at the INBA ENAT and received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gutiérrez works in the field of performance and sound art, fusing the two disciplines in installation projects with include video and photography. The concepts of memory, home, and landscape are closely related in her current work, as are migration and the construction of identity through architecture. Gutiérrez has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies and her work has been exhibited widely, including at the One year Gallery,Taipei, Taiwan; Claustro de Sor Juana Museum, México DF; and the Chicago Cultural Center. amandagutierrez.net

Duriel E. Harris is the author of two print collections Drag (2003) and Amnesiac: Poems (2010); as well as Speleology (2011), a video collaboration with artist Scott Rankin. She is a cofounder of the avant garde poetry/performance trio The Black Took Collective and poetry editor for Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. She has been a MacDowell and Millay Colony fellow and has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Her work has appeared in numerous venues, including Mandorla, The & Now Awards, Ploughshares, Troubling the Line, and The Best of Fence; her work has also been translated into Polish, German, and Spanish. Harris earned degrees from Yale University and NYU, and a PhD from the University of Illinois. She is an associate professor of English at Illinois State University where she teaches creative writing, literature and poetics.

Jeremiah Jones is a video artist whose work explores the complex histories, landscapes and relationships that form our world through seductive and beautiful formal experimentation utilizing projected light and sound. He holds a BA from the Evergreen State College, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at The Tacoma Art Museum, The Hyde Park Art Center, The Brooklyn Museum, as well as numerous independent art spaces and private collections in LA, New York, Chicago, and internationally. jeremiahjones.com

Adam Levin is the author of the novel The Instructions and the story collection Hot Pink, both published by McSweeney’s. A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, and winner of the 2011 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, Levin lives in Chicago, and will, this spring, be teaching at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Brenda Lozano (Mexico City, 1981) is a novelist and essayist whose work has appeared in several anthologies. She studied Latin American literature and is a fellow of the FONCA Young Artist programme, and has had various writing residencies abroad. She edits the Spanish-language fiction in translation section of MAKE Literary Magazine. Todo nada (Tusquets, 2009) is her first novel—which is currently being adapted for the cinema—and Cuaderno ideal (Alfaguara, 2014) her second.

As a poet, prose writer, playwright, critic and publisher, Joyelle McSweeney is interested in the ways in which writing moves among genres, languages, media, and materials, from sound into language and back again. Her critical book, The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults (University of Michigan Poets on Poetry series, 2015) examines these concerns against a backdrop of goth/Anthropocene ecopoetics. Her scholarly, poetic and teaching interests include poetry, prose, drama, voice, sound, performance, genre, poetic, narrative and dramatic form, politics, media, violence, diction, translation, the Gothic and the necropastoral. Her play Dead Youth, or, the Leaks won the inaugural Leslie Scalapino Prize for Innovative Women Playwrights. McSweeney is the author of six books of poetry and prose, most of which also contain plays: Salamandrine, 8 Gothics (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2012); Percussion Grenade (Fence Books, 2012); Flet (Fence, 2008); Nylund, the Sarcographer (Tarpaulin Sky, 2007); The Commandrine (Fence, 2004); and The Red Bird, which was selected by Allen Grossman to inaugurate the Fence Modern Poets Series in 2001.

Elastic Arts is a 501c3 non-profit organization fostering a community of music, art and performance in the Avondale/Logan Square neighborhoods of Chicago and beyond through developing, hosting, producing, and promoting creative, independent, and local music concerts, exhibitions, and multi-arts performances.


Más sobre los autores participantes:

Mario Bellatín ha publicados docenas de novelas y relatos en América Latina, Europa, y los Estados Unidos, incluyendo Beauty Salon (City Lights, 2010), Chinese Checkers: Three Fictions (Ravenna Press, 2009), y Flowers & Mishima’s Illustrated Biography (7Vientos, 2014). Bellatín es director de la Escuela Dinámica de Escritores de la Ciudad de México. Su próxima novela, Jacob the Mutant, será publicada por Phoeme Media en enero de 2016.

Los títulos más recientes del poeta Daniel Borzutzky incluyen Memories of my Overdevelopment (Kenning Editions, 2015) y In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy (Nightboat, 2015), así como una traducción al inglés del poemario de Raúl Zurita The Country of Planks (Action Books, 2015). Su obra ha sido reconocida a través de apoyos otorgados por el PEN American Center, la National Endowment for the Arts y el Illinois Arts Council.

Gerardo Cárdenas es un escritor y periodista cultural nacido en la Ciudad de México. Vivió en esa ciudad y en Miami, Washington, D.C., Bruselas y Madrid antes de asentarse en Chicago en 1998. Es director editorial de la revista contratiempo. Sus poemas, cuentos y artículos han sido publicados en medios impresos y electrónicos así como en diversas antologías en varios países. Es autor del libro de relatos A veces llovía en Chicago (Ediciones Vocesueltas/Libros Magenta, 2011); del poemario En el país del silencio (Ediciones Oblicuas, 2015); y de la obra de teatro Blind Spot (Literal Publishers, 2015). Su relato Nuestra Señora del Puente ha sido traducido al inglés y será publicado en 2016. Tiene en vías de publicación un segundo libro de relatos y una novela, y publica el blog literario en En la Ciudad de los Vientos. 
Luis Felipe Fabre es un poeta y crítico basado en la Ciudad de México. Ha publicados la colección de ensayos Leyendo agujeros. Ensayos sobre (des)escritura, antiescritura y no escritura y los poemarios Cabaret provenza, La sodomía en la nueva España, y Poemas de terror y de misterio. Es también el editor de dos antologías de poesía mexicana contemporánea: Divino tesoro y La edad de oro.

El Dr. Héctor García Ch tiene un doctorado de la Universidad de Chicago y es profesor de Literatura y Estudios Culturales, Cine y Literatura Mexicanos, y Estudios de Género y la Teoría de lo Queer en la Universidad Loyola. Es director del Programa de Estudios Interdisciplinarios Latinos y Latinoamericanos de esa universidad.

Elastic Arts es una organización sin fines de lucro que promueve la música, el arte, y el performance en las comunidades de Avondale y Logan Square en Chicago y en otras zonas a través del desarrollo, organización, producción y promoción de conciertos locales independientes, exposiciones y performances multiartísticas. En esta ocasión presentarán música de Paul Giallorenzo al piano, Anton Hatwich en el bajo, y Julian Kirshner en las percusiones.

Amanda Gutiérrez estudió diseño de escena en la escuela ENAT del INBA y recibió una Maestría en Bellas Artes de la Escuela del Art Institute de Chicago. Gutiérrez trabaja en el campo del performance y el arte sonoro, fusionando las dos disciplinas en proyectos de instalación que incluyen vídeo y fotografía. Ha recibido varios premios y residencias, y su obra ha sido expuesta internacionalmente.

Directora de Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora y cofundadora del Black Took Collective, Duriel E. Harris es autora de Drag, Amnesiac, y Speleology (vídeo). Su obra escrita más reciente aparece en BAX, Boundary 2, y Warscapes. Otros nuevos proyectos incluyen la recopilación sonora “Black Magic” y Thingification—espectáculo para una mujer.

Jeremiah Jones es un artista de video cuya obra explora las complejas historias, ambientes y relaciones de nuestro mundo. Tiene una Licenciatura en Artes de Evergreen State College y una Maestría de la Escuela del Art Institute de Chicago. Su obra ha sido exhibida en el Museo de Arte de Tacoma, el Hyde Park Art Center, el Museo de Brooklyn y muchos otros lugares.

Adam Levin es autor de la novela The Instructions y el volumen de relatos Hot Pink, ambos publicados por McSweeney’s. Becario de la National Endowment for the Arts, finalista del National Jewish Book Award, y ganador del Premio Young Lions de Literatura de 2011 de la Biblioteca Pública de Nueva York, Levin vive en Chicago y, a partir de la próxima primavera, dará clase en el Taller de Escritura de la Universidad de Iowa.

Brenda Lozano es novelista y ensayista y su obra ha aparecido en varias antologías. Es receptora de la beca de Jóvenes Creadores del FONCA y ha recibido varias residencias de escritura en el extranjero. Todo nada (Tusquets, 2009) es su primera novela y actualmente está siendo adaptada al cine; su segunda novela es Cuaderno ideal (Alfaguara, 2014). Es, además, editora de prosa de intercambio para MAKE.

 Joyelle McSweeney es autora de los libros Percussion Grenade (poesía; Fence, 2012) y Salamandine, 8 Gothics  (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2012), así como de The Necropastoral: Poems, Media, Occults  (University of Michigan, serie Poets on Poetry, 2015). Su obra de teatro Dead Youth, or, The Leaks fue publicada por Litmus Press n 2014. Es co-editora de Action Books e imparte cátedra en la Universidad de Notre Dame.

MAKE Literary Productions, es una organización caritativa sin fines de lucro cuyo propósito es publicar literatura contemporánea a través de la publicación bianual impresa MAKE: A Literary Magazine, así como de organizar lecturas y eventos de arte integrales por medio de foros públicos sobre lo literario.


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