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The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at New York University presents a reading by Ana Arzoumanian and translator Gabriel Amor on Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 PM. Admission is free and open to the public.

This reading introduces the bilingual edition of Ana Arzoumanian’s Juana I to American audiences. Arzoumanian’s genre-defying tour de force is delivered via a trance-like, first person narration that collapses time and space. It is both a love poem to and poetic justice for Juana of Castile, aka “Juana la Loca,” the mad queen of Spain.

Arzoumanian and Amor return to the United States to read at The Poetry Foundation in Chicago on March 21st, 2019. Check their events schedule or kenningeditions.com for details, as they come available.

ABOUT ANA ARZOUMANIAN

Ana Arzoumanian is a prolific and celebrated poet. She has also been a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars; a professor at the International Postgraduate Program in Creative Writing, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences; a Lacanian psychoanalyst; and a professor of Philosophy of Law at the Universidad del Salvador, Faculty of Legal Sciences of Buenos Aires. Arzoumanian remains an active literary and theater critic, and has traveled extensively to read her poetry. She collaborated on the documentary A Dialogue Without Borders about the Armenian genocide and the disappeared during Argentina’s military dictatorship. This is the first full-length English-language translation of her work in the U.S.

ABOUT GABRIEL AMOR

Born in Galicia, Spain, Gabriel Amor has lived in New York since the age of five. He has published translations of poetry and prose by numerous Latin American writers, and received a 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant for his work on Juana I. Amor has collaborated with other artists on multimedia performances and was a producer on the Emmy-nominated documentary The Woman Who Wasn’t There. He is Program Director of Postbaccalaureate Studies at Columbia University.

MEANWHILE

We here at Kenning Editions have just instituted the most generous subscription plan ever, $75.00 for six + books, direct-mail, postage paid (domestic orders only). This includes Soleida Ríos’ The Dirty Text, translated by Barbara Jamison and Olivia Lott, with an essay by Kristin Dykstra. The book is officially released in late October, but it is ready to ship to subscribers now!

Soleida Ríos (b. 1950) is an acclaimed Cuban poet whose work draws from Afro-Cuban traditions as well as writers as diverse as Juan Rulfo and Aimé Cesaire. She has published fourteen books from 1977 to the present, and The Dirty Text (El Texto Sucio) is her first book to appear in English. Written in the 1990s in Cuba, it is a book of poems, a book of stories and, most vividly, a book of dreams. As poet Rosa Alcalá writes, Ríos’ writings are “indescribable manifestations of a poetics unfastened to mode, genre, or category.” In this book, human eyes appear beneath other human eyes, snakes materialize with three heads, and the bodies of loved ones duplicate, disintegrate or speak to ghosts and Gods. It is a book about the possibilities of language and literature to articulate our relationship to the communities we occupy and the communities we imagine. The Dirty Text received a major literary award from the Alejo Carpentier Foundation, and her 2013 collection Estrías won the Nicolás Guillén award. Ríos was also recognized with the National Literary Critics Award in 2014.

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