Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Reading at UC Irivine 4/27/10


Reading by the poetry collective, “Epicentro”

When: 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Where: Social Ecology I, Room 112

Featuring: Leisy Abrego, Maya Chinchilla, Mario Escobar, Ernesto Garay, Jessica Grande, Gustavo Guerra-Vasquez, Karina Oliva, and Melissa Pina Rios and any surprise poets.

Cosponsored by: the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, Center in Law, Society and Culture, Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, and Department of Criminology, Law and Society.

"From the center of America erupts Epicentro: an organic literary collective straddling performance, spoken word and testimonial artforms, composed of inter-generational community-minded cultural activists of Central American extraction that write to resurrect memory and inspire action. These Central American bodies in flux and immigrant voices rise from Hollywood bus stops, volcanic ashes, quetzal wings, peripheral MacArthur Park, Mission pupuserias y mas..."

Epicentro poets will visit the University of California, Irvine on Tuesday, April 27th to present and read from their personal collections and the anthology Desde el epicentro. Karina Oliva will also read from Transverse: Altar de Tierra Altar de Sol. Their rich poetry addresses a variety of themes, including historical memory, violence, immigration, gender, social justice, identity, empowering connections, rethinking nation, Los Angeles, race, and more. All are welcome.

For additional information, please contact Susan Coutin at For more information about Epicentro, Transverse: Altar de Tierra Altar de Sol, or Izote Press, please see or