Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas / Nueva escritura de las Américas held a reading on March 2, 2012, at the Chicago Cultural Center. Featuring readers from past, present and forthcoming issues, this public event coincided with AWP, a major national creative writing conference held in Chicago this year.
The event featured twelve presenters, many of whom are known for more than one genre or style of writing. Translator and critic Anna Deeny opened the event with renditions of poetry by Idea Vilariño, featured in a dossier of Uruguayan poetry in the magazine’s current issue. LaTasha Nevada Diggs, Roberto Harrison, Timothy Liu, David Matlin, Elena Minor, Urayoán Noel, Davis Schneiderman, Edwin Torres, Rodrigo Toscano, Eliot Weinberger, and CD Wright presented poetry and prose, some originally written in English and/or Spanish, and some in translation.
Also attending the event were Tara Reeser and Steve Halle of the ISU English Department Publications Unit, where Mandorla is produced. GA Jessica Safran worked the sales table, and former Mandorla assistant, alum Zachary McMahon, could be seen in the audience. Mandorla recognizes them for their support of the magazine, as well as Southern Methodist University for its sponsorship of the event.
Co-editors Kristin Dykstra and Roberto Tejada would also like to recognize Mandorla's third co-editor for his work, although he could not attend the event: Gabriel Bernal Granados lives in Mexico City, where he directs Libros Magenta.
LaTasha Nevada Diggs, whose poetry will be featured in Mandorla 15 (forthcoming in 2012). Photo by Kristin Dykstra.
Roberto Harrison, Edwin Torres, Rodrigo Toscano and Roberto Tejada. Photo by Kristin Dykstra.
Mandorla contributing editor Rosa Alcalá with Eliot Weinberger. Photo by Kristin Dykstra.