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Antígona González: a Reflection on Language, Writing, Translation, and the Body in Scenes of the Present

Date and Time: 
Thursday, February 21, 2019. 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Building 50, Room 51A
Concerning Violence: A Decolonial Collaborative Research Group 2018
Meeting Description: 

What aesthetic, ethical and political implications are inherent in writing and translation in the current moment? How can language be utilized to make sense of the vulnerability, dislocation, and absence of bodies in contemporary Mexican imaginaries and in more proximal contexts? Using the bilingual book Antígona González, as a point of departure, poet Sara Uribe and translator John Pluecker will discuss these issues and more in a conversation that aims to rethink the critical practices of writers and translators in the 21st century. This bilingual (English and Spanish) event is open to graduate students and faculty in the Stanford community.

Born in 1978 in Querétaro, Sara Uribe has lived in Tamaulipas since 1996. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in philosophy. She received the Carmen Alardín Regional Poetry Prize in 2004, the Tijuana National Poetry Prize in 2005, and the Clemente López Trujillo Poetry Prize in 2005. She has been a grantee of the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (2006-2007) and of the Programa de Estímulos a la Creación y Desarrollo Artístico (2010 & 2013). She has published Lo que no imaginas (2005), Palabras más palabras menos (2006), Nunca quise detener el tiempo (2008), Goliat (2009) and Siam (2012). Her poems have appeared in periodicals and anthologies in Mexico, Peru, Spain, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

John Pluecker is a writer and translator whose work is informed by risk-taking poetics and cross-border cultural production. He is the co-founder of the language justice and literary experimentation collaborative Antena. He has translated numerous books from the Spanish, including most recently Antígona González (Les Figues Press, 2016), and Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border (Duke University Press, 2012). His book of poetry and image, Ford Over, was released in 2016 from Noemi Press.

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