From left to right: professor Jorge Maturano form the Spanish& Portuguese Department, Carolina Rivera, Roberto Leni, Glowie, Roberto Quezada, and last Karina Oliva.
The UCLA library hosted a panel, “Exile and Diaspora: Writers in Los Angeles,” in its unrelenting effort to show case emerging talented voices. The writers came from a wide range of political experiences and approaches to writing. All of the writers maintain ties to Chile, El Salvador, and Guatemala despite having made the City of Los Angeles a permanent home. A lively conversation around issues of language, home, loss, new beginnings, and the creative process dovetailed the readings. As we listened to their insights about language and creation as well as their neatly woven short stories and poetry, we knew before us stood a group at the cutting edge of writing in Los Angeles. The voices confirmed the sacred aspects of the word and offered us another slice of the human experience.
The YouTube link to the event on Exile and Diaspora is here http://youtube.com/watch?v=CPnAmO0xYDY
*Information on upcoming program and world premier film screening on May 26:
Manlio Argueta: Among Poets and Volcanoes” directed by Carolina Rivera. Manlio Argueta, the internationally recognized writer and current director for the National Library of El Salvador, will be present and offer a discussion on literature and Central America as well as share a short Q&A with Carolina Rivera, director of the documentary. The program will take place on May 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Presentation Room of the Charles E. Young Research Library.