VIDEO + AUDIO Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series: Cardboard House Press: Giancarlo Huapaya, Omar Pimienta, José Antonio Villarán, reading and in conversation

Thursday, November 7 - 7:00 pm PS to 9:00 pm PST
The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University
Giancarlo Huapaya + Omar Pimienta + José Antonio Villarán

Full program video: Cardboard House Press: Giancarlo Huapaya, Omar Pimienta, José Antonio Villarán: November 7, 2019
Highlight video clips: Giancarlo Huapaya reads “Level 5” from his forthcoming book Gamer, with Ryan Greene reading his translation, followed by the two of them simultaneously reading, again from Gamer | Omar Pimienta introduces then reads, in the original Spanish, "Me gusta dormir en casa de mis amigos," with José Antonio Villarán's translation ("I like to sleep at my friends' houses"), from Album of Fences | José Antonio Villarán reads from the manuscript of his forthcoming book The Open Pit

The Poetry Center's Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series continues in its second year, as we welcome Giancarlo Huapaya, Omar Pimienta, and José Antonio Villarán—all three poets involved in the outstanding literary small publisher Cardboard House Press, dedicated to work in translation from Latin America and Spain, and its offshoot, Cartonera Collective, "a team of book makers devoted to the production of bilingual book art from Latin American authors." We're featuring three events: Thursday November 7 at The Poetry Center, poets Huapaya, Pimienta, and Villarán will read their work and engage in conversation with the audience. Cartonera Collective, with members in town from Phoenix, AZ, will conduct a free bookmaking workshop at Alley Cat Books in the Mission, Friday afternoon November 8. And Friday evening the poets will be reading and conversing at The Green Arcade, on Market at Gough, in San Francisco. All events are free and open to the public (though register for the workshop, space is limited). This event at The Poetry Center is co-sponsored with Latina/Latino Studies, SF State. Please join us!

• For the occasion, Tripwire journal will be producing a new Cardboard House/Cartonera Collective volume in its Tripwire Pamphlet Series.

Giancarlo Huapaya (Lima, Peru) has published three collections of poetry, the most recently, Taller Sub Verso (Sub Verse Workshop) (2011, 2013). His poems and translations have appeared in the anthologies 4M3R1C4 (Chile), Aguas Móviles (Peru), Cholos (Guatemala), OOMPH! (US), and in the journals Erizo (Mexico-EEUU), Buenos Aires Poetry (Argentina), Poesía (Venezuela), Zunái (Brazil), Jacket2 (US), Anomaly (US), Periódico de Poesía de la UNAM (México), among others. He is Founder and Editor of Cardboard House Press, a nonprofit publishing house for Latin American and Spanish literature in translation. As a curator of visual poetry, he has presented exhibitions at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco and the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson. In 2016, he edited the anthology Pulenta Pool: Peruvian Poets in the United States for Hostos Review. As literary translator, he has translated into Spanish work by C.D Wright, Susan Briante, Ross Gay, Carmen Giménez Smith and Alli Warren. Currently, he is MFA candidate in Creative Writing at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Omar Pimienta is a writer/artist who lives and works in the San Diego / Tijuana border region. His artistic practice examines questions of identity, trans-nationality, emergency poetics, sociopolitical landscape and memory. He has published four books of poetry in U.S, México and Spain. Album of Fences, translated by José Antonio Villarán, was published by Cardboard House Press in 2018. He won the Emilio Prado 10th International Publication prize from the Centro Cultural Generación del 27 Malaga Spain. His work as a visual artist has been recently shown, at the 3ème Biennale Internationale de l'Art Contemporain de Casablanca Maroc, and was part of the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. In 2017-18 he was awarded an Art Matters Grant. More here.

Jose Antonio Villarán (parent/writer/teacher) is the author of two books of poetry: la distancia es siempre la misma (Matalamanga, 2006) & el cerrajero (Album del Universo Bakterial, 2012); one book of translation, Album of Fences, by Omar Pimienta (Cardboard House Press, 2018); and creator of the AMLT project, an exploration of hypertext literature and collective authorship, which was sponsored by Puma from 2011-2014. His third book, titled open pit, is forthcoming from AUB in 2019. He holds an MFA in Writing from the University of California San Diego, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Literature at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Related events:

Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series: Cartonera Collective Bookmaking Workshop
Friday, November 8 - 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Alley Cat Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street (near Harrison), San Francisco
NOTE: Free registration will be capped at 10-12 participants (given table space, supplies, etc.)


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The Poetry Center and Latina/Latino Studies, SF State