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"RAICES Week: A Celebration of Latinas in the Arts" to be Held Sept. 24-27

"RAÍCES Week: Mujer a Mujer. Helping Each Other Excel to the Highest Level. A Celebration of Latinas in the Arts" will be held at Pomona College Tues., Sept. 24, through Fri., Sept. 27, and will feature readings and spoken word performances by Luivette Resto, J. F. Seary, Deborah Paredez and Elizabeth Acevedo. RAÍCES, which means "roots" or "heritage," aims to focus attention on Latinas in the arts and ask the question: How have they made it so far?

The events begin at 7 p.m.; on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday they will be held in Doms Lounge (Smith Campus Center lower level, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont), and Wednesday's event will be held in Crookshank 108 (140. W. Sixth St., Claremont). All events are free and open to the public.

Tue., Sep. 24: Luivette Resto, "According to Puerto Rican Folklore"

Resto was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx. Her first book of poetry, Unfinished Portrait, was published in 2008 and later named a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize. She is also a contributing poetry editor for Kweli Journal, a CantoMundo fellow, and the hostess of a monthly poetry reading series called La Palabra located at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles. Her new book Ascension was published in April 2013.

Wed., Sept. 25: J. F. Seary, " Penning Performance: The Journey From the Page to the Stage"

Seary is a Nuyorican poet and actor whose performance career began at Binghamton University. Since then she has performed across the country, including landmarks like the Nuyorican Poets Café and the Bowery Poetry Club and numerous colleges and universities. She has also performed internationally in San Juan, Puerto Rico and London, England. She is currently working on Odd Girl In Production Co.'s "Soledad Speaks,"  as performer, co-writer and producer.

Thu., Sept. 26: Deborah Paredez, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Poem"

Paredez is the author of the poetry collection, This Side of Skin (2013), and the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (2009). Her essays and poetry have appeared in Poetry, Theatre Journal, Callaloo and The New York Times. Her current projects include a poetry manuscript, Blue and Full of Stars, and an essay about Anita in West Side Story, forthcoming in Latino Studies Journal. She is a professor of English at the University of Texas-Austin and the co-founder of CantoMundo, a national organization for Latina/o poets.

Fri., Sept. 27: Elizabeth Acevedo

Acevedo, is the daughter of Dominican immigrants, born and raised in the heart of New York City. Through poetry that is infused with hip-hop and bolero, she uses her words as a way to translate the world. Currently in the MFA program at The University of Maryland, she has been a featured poet at The Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden and has performed live on BET, Mun2, and Current’s, Lyric Café. Most recently Elizabeth gave a TEDxTalk on the importance of the human connection. Elizabeth has been published in Off the Subject: The Words of Lyrical Circle, The Acentos Review, and The Ostrich Review. She is a CantoMundo Fellow of 2012 and a member of the 2013 Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. She works in Washington, DC as a youth mentor of the poetry organization, Split This Rock.

For further information, contact: april.mayes@pomona.edu.

Pomona College is one of the nation's premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research. Visit Pomona College on the web at www.pomona.edu.

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