12:00 p.m. - signing books at the Mayapple Press booth.
3:00 p.m. - as panelist in the following panel:
Out of the Melting Pot, Into the Fire—Building and Sustaining a Culturally-Specific Reading Series
(Mary Hawley, Paul Martinez-Pompa, Johanny Vázquez Paz, Yolanda Nieves)
Wiliford A, Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor
Eavesdrop on administrators, curators, and featured artists discussing the dynamic, sometimes conflicted history of Chicago’s longest-running Latino reading series: the Guild Literary Complex’s Palabra Pura. In its seventh year, PP juggles a long-standing mission of culture-specific work with the need for regular reinvention. This discussion touches on issues of race and authenticity, cultural production and ownership, as well as community outreach and institutional integrity. In other words, it can get heated.