Poesía en Abril Festival kicks off


Chicago is the home of the largest international  Latino Poetry Festival in the Midwest. To kick off National Poetry month, Contratiempo and DePaul University will present its  6th Annual Poesía en Abril Festival spotlighting local and international award-winning poets.  The festival is free to the general public and takes place April 11 – 30 at various venues.

“Chicago is the perfect city for a PanLatino  poetry festival. Having such a confluence  of poets gathered here for Poesía en Abril  f osters a fascinating dialogue between visiting poets and their counterpart from Chicago, whose backgrounds are as varied as the  visiting poets countries of origin,” said Executive Director Moira Pujols.

The theme of this year’s festival is the five senses. Audiences can indulge their senses with a poetic feast merging poetry with visual art, music, hip-hop, multimedia presentations  and food to engage audiences. The festival will also feature readings, performance, literary  translation panel discussions and a special performance by poets Juan Carlos Mestre (Spain) and Coral Bracho (Mexico). They are being honored this year for their acclaimed poetry and impact on this genre.

“For  the audience, the festival is a wonderful  opportunity to eavesdrop into the poetic world, and into the poets’ inspiration, perspectives and marvelous personal stories.   We can feel part of the poem and make  more real the spaces we imagined when reading  poetry. The Festival is a one of a kind in the Midwest because it empowers local and transnational poets with a platform to showcase  their work to a bilingual audience and helps communities cultivate an appreciation for poetry in Spanish,” says Executive Director Moira Pujols.

The  organizations collectively participating in this poetry festival include: The Poetry Foundation, University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, CityLit, Sobremesa Supper Club, Northeastern Illinois University, Instituto Cervantes, Institute of Puerto Rican Arts &  Culture  and Casa de Arte y Cultura Calles y Sueños.

To see the full schedule of poetry events and venues go to www.contratiempo.net.

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