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Thursday, March 26 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
How to Traffic in Books (And Trace that Traffic)

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How to Traffic in Books (And Trace that Traffic): Small Press Editorial Practices in Both Californias / Cómo traficar los libros (y trazar ese tráfico): Prácticas editoriales independientes en las dos Californias

Antena proposes to spark a dialogue—or, ideally, a multi-logue—around cross-cultural and cross-language small press work, defining "cross" and "cultural" in extremely broad and non-traditional terms. Our panel features representatives from four independent presses—two with ties to Southern California and two with ties to Baja California. Each of these presses works across and beyond the borders of language, culture, genre, and aesthetics to create publications, events and interventions that redefine both what is and what is possible. Our panel includes René Castillo from Centro Cultural Artes del Libro (Tijuana), both members of Antena from Libros Antena Books (Houston and Los Angeles), Gidi Loza from Observatorio Editorial Tijuana (Tijuana), and three members of the collective that forms Writ Large Press (Los Angeles). Our panel will be bilingual (some presenters speaking Spanish and some speaking English) and will be interpreted by Antena Los Ángeles, the local satellite of Antena.

Antena’s practice is based in creating spaces for dialogue and discussion where multiple languages coexist on an equal footing. When multiple languages are used in the same room, our capacities for thinking and for communication expand exponentially. In this case, the coexistence of Spanish and English in the same room is also a clear rebuke to a doggedly monolingual U.S. intellectual and social environment. We are especially excited to explore bilingual/multilingual literary practice in the specific context of the “two Californias” that are bisected by the contested and complicated U.S.-Mexico border.

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Jen Hofer

Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and literary activism collaborative Antena. Her latest translations include the chapbook En las maravillas/In Wonder (Libros Antena/Antena Books, 2012) and Ivory Black, a translation of Negro marfil by Myriam Moscona (Les Figues Press 2011). Her latest homemade... Read More →
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John Pluecker

John Pluecker is a writer, interpreter, translator and co-founder of the language justice and literary experimentation collaborative Antena. His work is informed by experimental poetics, radical aesthetics and cross-border cultural production. His texts have appeared in journals in the U.S. and Mexico, including The Volta, Mandorla, Aufgabe, eleven eleven, Third Text, Animal Shelter, HTMLGiant and Literal. His work extends off the page to... Read More →

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René Castillo

Director, Centro Cultural Artes del Libro
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Jessica Ceballos

Partner, Writ Large Press
Jessica Ceballos is a poet, designer, photographer, musician, community advocate and volunteer. During the day she oversees the Avenue 50 Studio, an arts presentation space grounded in Latin@ culture, where she also curates the literary arts programming. Aside from hosting the monthly Bluebird Reading series, Jessica curates Poesia Para La Gente, a program that brings poetry to non-traditional spaces throughout Los Angeles. At night she devotes... Read More →
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Chiwan Choi

Partner, Writ Large Press
Chiwan Choi is the author of The Flood and Abductions. He is a founding partner of Writ Large Press, DTLAB, and the ongoing public publishing project, PUBLISH!.
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Gidi Loza

Observatorio Editorial Tijuana
Gidi Loza is a writer, editor, translator and philosophy student currently living in Tijuana. Her latest project is Observatorio Editorial Tijuana, (twitter.com/OETijuana) were she publishes innovative poetry in English and Spanish, translations and compilations. She was founder and editor of Editorial Piedra Cuervo (http://editorialpiedracuervo.blogspot.com/), which published innovative poetry and translations, including her translation of... Read More →

Peter Woods

Peter Woods has contributed over a decade of service producing cultural events in Los Angeles, with events ranging from live music, theater, social justice, education and the literary arts. His productions reflect a need to address the shortage of creative events accessible to the community as displayed by his work with The Last Bookstore, where he served as Event Director (2009-2013), as well as his own Quality Collective, a grassroots... Read More →

Thursday March 26, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
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