Free staged reading

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Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna to offer a free staged reading of Killing Marías: A Poem for Multiple Voices

Killing Marías is shortlisted for the 2018 WA State Book Awards in Poetry and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The reading will include musical performances by Trio Guadalevín (Gus Denhard, Antonio Gómez and Abel Rocha) and a dance performance by Milvia Pacheco. Readers include Castro Luna, Seattle 7 writer Donna Miscolta (Hola and Goodbye, When the de La Cruz Family Danced) and 2017 Jack Straw writer Catalina Marie Cantú. 

 Killing Marías is a poetic sequence containing 45 interlinked poems each honoring a victim from the hundreds of women killed during the femicidal wave that overwhelmed the US/Mexico border town of Juárez during the 1990’s. As the poems unfold, they weave from these women’s tragic deaths, a quilt to investigate notions of justice, borders, resistance, sexism and domestic violence. The performance crafts an incantatory feel as the poetry, live voices, dance and music merge to build synergy of flesh and spirit. 

 Two FREEevents scheduled as follows:

 October 21stat 2 P.M.
Rainier Arts Center
3515 S Alaska St.
Seattle, WA 98118

November 4that 2 P.M.
Centro de la Raza’s Centilia Cultural Center
1660 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St.
Seattle, WA 98144

 These readings are timed to coincide with cultural activities honoring Día de los Muertos. 

 This project is funded by Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture and supported by Humanities Washington, Arts Washington, Rainier Arts Center, Centro de la Raza and Open Books: A Poem Emporium.


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