Latinx Multimedia Club
Unbound: A Latine/x Multimedia Club is a way to build small community conversations grounded in a particular text or sets of media that explore themes in relation to constructions, experiences, complexities, and challenges of Latinx/e identities. Uunbound uses the framework of a book club but opens us to different modes and senses of learning and engagement that are valuable. It challenges Westernized values places upon the written word and instead says: listeningg and feeling are not only significant, sacred, and powerful ways of knowledge-making but are central ways of being for many marginalized communities. Sometimes we’ll read books, poems, zines, articles; sometimes listen to an album, podcast, or playlist; sometimes look at photographs or murals; sometimes watch a film or music video; but we’ll always talk about whatever it is. Each piece is meant to open conversation about identities, politics, geographies, memories, race, ethnicity, place, gender, sexuality, culture, love, joy, and more.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
You can view the virtual exhibition here prior to our discussion on Oct 11th.
In addition, the first ten students to both RSVP and attend the discussion will receive a gorgeous copy of Latinx Aperture 245 magazine that inspired the exhibition, which we will be also be exploring and discussing. More info and RSVP here.
- Lineage of Rain by Janel Pineda
- Book Description: “In this spellbinding debut, Los Angeles–born poet Janel Pineda sings of communal love and the diaspora and dreams for a liberated future. Lineage of Rain traces histories of Salvadoran migration and the US-sponsored civil war to reimagine trauma as a site for transformation and healing. With a scholar’s caliber, Pineda archives family memory, crafting a collection that centers intergenerational narratives through poems filled with a yearning to crystallize a new world—one unmarked by patriarchal violence. At their heart, many of these poems are an homage to women: love letters to mothers, sisters, and daughters."
- Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
- Book Description: “Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit in the American West. Against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado—a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite—these women navigate the land the way they navigate their lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force."
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- "Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the novel follows the story of Xiomara Batista, a young Afro-Latina from Harlem who discovers poetry as an outlet to explore her mother's religion and her own place in the world, finding her voice, strength, and love in the process. Acevedo's masterfully crafted poems reflect universal themes of "adolescence, family, gender, race, religion, [and] sexuality."
- The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
- "One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio illuminates and honors the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation. Villavicencio amplifies the stories of day laborers, housekeepers, construction workers, and delivery workers, among many others, who have "paid a steep price for the so-called American Dream" while shaping culture and life in The United States in immeasurable ways."