Palabra Pura Special Event w/ Maurice Kilwein Guevara & Roger Bonair-Agard
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Location: Decima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis, Chicago
Palabra Pura returns to our Decima Musa home for another special event. This edition pairs Latino poet Maurice Kilwein Guevara with Trinidadian poet Roger-Bonair Agard for an evening of poems and conversation. Watch a short film interpretation of one of Guevara's poems here.
Maurice Kilwein Guevara was born in Belencito, Colombia in 1961 and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Among his several books, his first book of poetry, Postmortem (U. of GA Press, 1994), won the National Contemporary Poetry Series Competition. His work has appeared in publications including TriQuarterly, The Journal of the American Medical Association and Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today’s Latino Renaissance (Anchor/Doubleday), A dynamic presenter of his own work, Kilwein Guevara has given poetry performances and workshops throughout Latin America and the United States. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and was the first Latino to be elected as its President.
Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, a Cave Canem fellow and co-author of Burning Down the House. He is a two-time National Slam Champion and is co-founder of The louderARTS Project. Roger's work has been widely anthologized and commissioned and he has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour. His publications include Tarnish and Masquerade published in 2000.