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Susannah Rodriguez Drissi discusses and signs “The Latin Poet’s Guide to the Cosmos”
August 14 @ 7:00 pmFree
If you enjoy poetry written in multiple languages, check out Susannah Rodriguez Drissi and “The Latin Poet’s Guide to the Cosmos” at Book Soup.
This trilingual poetry book is written in Romance language, Spanish, and Italian. A delightfully choreographed and ultimately scintillating hoodwink, this extraordinary collection of poetry constitutes a cross-linguistic poetic event in which the correspondence between Romance languages is as close as to approach the condition of a new vernacular; and where the very issue of movement between languages is somehow central, and sound and rhythm are the fundamental characteristics of poetry. Written at the intersection of several romance languages, and most closely related to Spanish and Italian, the collection wears its Latinity on its sleeve; in other words, this is a collection fueled by the many convergences and divergences possible between Latin and its vernaculars, ultimately proposing that true Latinity is always first and foremost expressed through language. And, sometimes, also humor.
Susannah Rodríguez Drissi is an award-winning Cuban poet, writer, playwright, translator, director, producer, and scholar. A lecturer in UCLA’s Writing Programs, she is finishing a book titled Moorish Cuba: The Arab & Islamic Presence in Cuban Literature & Culture from the 1830s to the Present. In addition to numerous academic articles and books chapters, her poems, short stories, creative nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in anthologies such as In Season — Stories of Discovery, Loss, Home, and Places in Between; and journals such as Saw Palm, Literal Magazine, Diario de Cuba (Madrid), SX Salon, Raising Mothers, Acentos Review and Cuba Counterpoints, among others. Her first novel, Until We’re Fish, has been selected as one of the finalists for Veliz Books’s 2018–2019 fiction publication. Her award-winning play, Houses Without Walls, premiered to a sold-out audience at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. She is a UC-Cuba Affiliate Scholar since 2012 and contributing member of UC-Cuba Educational Initiative since 2008. She is associate and literary editor at Cuba Counterpoints, a new journal dedicated to dynamic analysis and commentary on Cuban affairs.