Global Education Center's Line Breaks Literary Reading Series presents renowned poet Xánath Caraza, the 2013 Top Ten “New” Latino Authors to Watch (and Read), as she guides us through how our history, myths and cultural rituals help to shape our identity and influence our writing. This is a great opportunity for all people of diverse heritages to come together for exploration, dialogue and artistic expression.
Xánath Caraza is a traveler, educator, poet and short story writer. Caraza teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and presents readings and workshops in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. She is the Writer-in-Residence at Westchester Community College, New York. Caraza is the recipient of the 2014 Beca Nebrija para Creadores, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Spain. She writes for La Bloga, Periódico de Poesía, Revista Literaria Monolito, The Smithsonian Latino Center, and Revista Zona de Ocio. Her book of poetry Syllables of Wind / Sílabas de viento received the 2015 International Book Award for Poetry. It also received Honorable Mention for best book of Poetry in Spanish in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. Her books of verse Ocelocíhuatl, Conjuro and her book of short fiction What the Tide Brings / Lo que trae la marea have won national and international recognition. Her other books of poetry are Donde la luz es violeta / Where the Light is Violet, Tinta negra: Black Ink, Noche de colibríes, Corazón pintado, and her second short story collection, Pulsación, is in progress. She was named number one of the 2013 Top Ten “New” Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) by LatinoStories.com. For the José Martí Publishing Awards, The National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP), she has been a judge since 2013. Caraza curates NaPoMo (National Poetry Month) for Con Tinta Literary Association since 2012.
This event is a part of Global Education Center's Line Breaks Literary Series and the second in a series of events for it's year-long Third Root of Mexico project. For more information about Line Breaks and upcoming events in our Third Root project, please visit globaleducationcenter.org.
This program is funded in part by a grant from South Arts and Humanities Tennessee, in partnership with Tennessee Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and Metro Nashville Arts Commission.