Friday, March 21, 2008

Fundraiser Recap, PLUS
We Got Five On It: Celebrando Acentos

Good news.

Tuesday's benefit for Jack Agüeros was one of the most moving and important events that Acentos has had the good fortune to take part in. By my count, over 200 friends and family, the famous and the infamous, old friends and new, from all over New York and beyond turned out to pay tribute to an important American poet. The love in the room was palpable and real, and it was an honor for us to host it. Our thanks to all the poets who read, to the Acentos crew that lent a hand, and especially to the Agüeros family. And, you can read all about it at the New York Times' website. I will also post pictures from the various photographers who were in the house that night.

More good news:

Acentos' Fifth Anniversary show is happening this coming Tuesday, March 25th. If past history is any indicator, the craziness will ensue very early, and you should get there early too.

(Not-so-good news: Gustavo Perez-Firmat cannot make it. We hope to get him for a future Acentos date very very soon.)

But! Even more good news:

Our featured poet for the evening is none other than the director of NYU's Spanish-language writing program, Lila Zemborain...and she has a fantastic, brandspankingnew book that will be available for sale that night.

Familia, if you've been a part of this series in the last five years, you know what shenanigans we have in store for Year Six. We are moving ever forward in our mission to shine the spotlight on Latinos and Latinas in American poetry, and as always, there are big plans simmering on all four burners. Come help us celebrate, reminisce, plan, and throw down the fiesta as only the Acentos crew can! The open mic signup is promptly at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30 SHARP, y'all....

And by the way...DON'T SLEEP. Bring your new stuff. Punto!

Rich Villar
for the Acentos crew.

Tuesday, March 25th @ 7pm SHARP!
The Uptown's Best Open Mic
and featured poet LILA ZEMBORAIN

Lila Zemborain is an Argentine poet who has lived in New York since 1985.
English versions of her work are included in the anthologies The Light of
City and Sea (2006) and Corresponding Voices (2002), in the art catalogs,
Heidi McFall (2005), and Alessandro Twombly (2007) and in multiple
poetry magazines and journals including Ecopoetics, Rattapallax, The
Brooklyn Rail, A Gathering of the Tribes, The Poetry Project Newsletter,
Bombay Gin, and Mandorla. Selections of her poems have also been
translated into French, Italian and Catalan. In 2007 she was selected as a
John Simon Guggenheim fellow. Mauve Sea-Orchids (Belladonna Books,
2007; translated by Rosa Alcala and Monica de la Torre) is her first
full-length English edition.

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6 Train to 138th Street Station
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