Face Out: A night of poetry and short stories
w/ Judith Kerman & Yoseli Castillo Fuertes
Thursday, April 24, 2014 @ 7 PM
Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Ave.
Between Two Silences / Entre Dos Silencios is a book of remarkable short stories by the great Dominican writer Hilma Contreras (1913-2006), the first woman ever to win the Premio Nacional de la Literatura de la Republica Dominicana (National Prize in Literature of the Dominican Republic), the highest prize in Dominican literature, in 2002. Educated in Europe, Contreras often set her tales in a mysterious landscape, neither and both European and Caribbean.
This edition of Between Two Silences / Entre Dos Silencios by Mayapple Press is translated by Judith Kerman, a poet, performer, and artist who has published eight books or chapbooks of poetry, as well as two books of translations of Cuban and Dominican women poets (White Pine Press, BOA Editions). At Word Up, Judith will be presenting from Between Two Silences, as well as another poetry collection Praises & Offenses: Three Women Poets from the Dominican Republic.
Also reading with Judith this Thursday is Yoseli Castillo Fuertes, who was born in the Dominican Republic in 1972 and at 16 migrated to the United States. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Spanish Literature. She is a bilingual-dominican-latina-lesbian poet-activist-teacher-aunt. Since August 2005 she has been organizing the Gay & Lesbian Bohemian Night, an LGBTQ Open Mic in Washington Heights. Her poems and short stories have appeared in various anthologies in New York, Madrid, Argentina and Santo Domingo. Her poetry book is De eso sí se habla/Of That, I Speak.