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Arts and Performance

Cruel April 2020: Live-Stream Poetry Reading with Ana Merino

April 16, 2020 at 6:00pm7:00pm EDT

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Point of Contact will host a live-stream reading from Ana Merino on their Facebook page!

Ana Merino is a full-time Professor of Hispanic Studies and a 2016 Collegiate Scholar at the University of Iowa. She founded the University’s Spanish MFA program in 2011. She has published nine books of poems, is the author of a youth novel: El hombre de los dos corazones (2009), a children album: Martina y los piojos (2017), and four plays. Her poems have appeared in more than thirty anthologies, some translated into Portuguese, Slovenian, French, Dutch, Bulgarian, or Italian. Merino has also written fiction, extensive criticism on comics, and graphic novels. She has two academic books El cómic hispánico (2003) and Diez ensayos para pensar el comic (2017), and a monograph on Chris Ware (2006). Merino has won the Diario de Avisos prize for her short articles on comics for the literary magazine Leer. She has collaborated with opinion articles for El País and has won an Accésit of the Carmen de Burgos Award for one of her journalistic pieces. She has curated four comic book expositions. Merino has been invited as a visiting Professor to the University of San Gallen (Fall 2012) and to The University of Zurich (Spring 2019). In January 2020 she won the Nadal Literary Award for her novel “El mapa de los afectos” recently published.

The Cruel April readings, which originally run Thursdays in April at 6 p.m. at Point of Contact Gallery, will be held virtually for the 2020 season. The annual series, held in celebration of National Poetry Month, also marks the release of the 13th annual poetry journal, Corresponding Voices, which features the work of this year’s readers — Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Raquel Salas Rivera, Ana Merino, Aurora Luque, and Erika Martínez.

This program is possible thanks to the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC) at Syracuse University, in addition to SU’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), CNY ARTS and Poets & Writers.

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This event was published on April 10, 2020.

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