So it’s hard to believe, but an entire year has gone by. To celebrate we decided to throw a rager. In addition to booking a lineup featuring some of the most innovative writing around (which in March will be some of the members of the writers collective Cafe Nueva York ), we also booked the psychedelic electro band The Hot Magic and worked out some righteous drink specials with Kenny’s including $2 PBRs and free sangria directly after the reading. So be sure to circle Saturday March 29th on your calendar, as this is not an event to be missed. Take a look at the bios of the stellar writers who will read their work below:
Carmen Boullosa is one of México's leading novelists, poets and playwrights. She has won several literary awards including the Anna Seghers in Berlin, the Liberatur in Frankfurt and the prestigious Premio Xavier Villaurrutia in Mexico. Boullosa has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the New York Public Library´s Center for Scholars and Writers and a Distinguished Visitor at Columbia University and Georgetown University, among others. She has published twelve novels, among them La otra mano de Lepanto (published by Siruela, in Spain, and by Fondo de Cultura Económica, in Mexico). Her latest book, The Perfect Novel (a science-fiction novel set in Brooklyn), was published this year by Alfaguara in Mexico. Along with Salman Rushdie, in 2000 she founded the Mexico City House for Persecuted Writers in Mexico City. She is currently a Distinguished Lecturer at City College, New York.
Naief Yehya was born in Mexico City. A novelist, journalist and cultural critic, Yehya has written for numerous magazines and newspapers in Mexico and published several works of fiction and nonfiction such as the novel Obras sanitarias (Sanitary Works, 1992), The Transformed Body. Cyborgs and our Technological Heritage in the Real World and Science Fiction (2001), War and Propaganda: Mass Media and the Myth of War in the US (2003), and, Pornografía: sexo mediatizado y pánico moral (Pornography: Mediated Sex and Moral Panic (2004). He has lived in Brooklyn since 1992.
Eduardo Mitre, a poet born in Bolivia, has published his books of poetry, Morada, Mirabilia, Desde tu cuerpo, Razón ardiente, Ferviente humo, Elegía a una muchacha y Línea de otoño, among others in some of the most renowned Spanish poetry houses (Visor, Pretextos, Vuelta). He is also author of several books on Latin American poetry, among them Huidobro, hambre de espacio y sed de cielo. His most recent book is El paraguas de Manhattan (Manhattan´s Umbrella). He has been professor at Columbia University, Dartmouth College and Universidad Católica Boliviana. Currently he teaches at St. John's University.
José Manuel Prieto was born in Havana, Cuba. He is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction including the international acclaimed Livadia (which was published in English in 2001 as Nocturnal Butterflies of the Russian Empire), Enciclopedia de una vida en Rusia, El Tartamudo y la rusa (short stories), and most recently Rex(a novel), among others. Prieto’s work has been translated to many languages with an exceptional critical reception. He has been a Fellow at The New York Public Library's Center for Scholars and Writers and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Prieto has taught at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE) in Mexico City and is currently a Visiting Professor at Cornell University.
The Hot Magic is a psychedelic electro band from Baltimore Maryland. Their website is: www.myspace.com/thehotmagic.
Cafe Nueva York is a collective of writers who live in New York and produce literary works in Spanish. Part of a lengthy tradition of Spanish speaking New Yorkers, notably Lorca and Marti, they aim to resurrect this rich cultural heritage and enhance the visibility of the flourishing Spanish literary movement of the present through establishing an ambience of critical sociability like that found in the literary coffee-houses characteristic of Spanish-speaking countries dedicated to convoking the Spanish voices of this city.
As always, the event will take place at Kenny’s Castaways (157 Bleeker Street) and is free and open to the public. So plan on being there: Saturday March 29th @ 3:30 PM. More details will follow shortly, but in the meantime feel free to drop us a line @ email@example.com should you have any questions.