Friday, December 12, 2008


Mauve Sea-Orchids/Malvas orquídeas del mar

by Lila Zemborain, translated by Rosa Alcalá and Mónica de la Torre

with readings by the author and both translators!

Sunday, December 14


@ The Bowery Poetry Club

(Bowery between Bleeker & Houston)

$6 at the door

Lila Zemborain is an Argentine poet and critic who has lived

in New York since 1985. She is the author of the poetry collections, Abrete sésamo debajo del agua (Buenos Aires, Ultimo Reino, 1993), Usted (Buenos Aires, Ultimo Reino, 1998), Guardianes del secreto (Buenos Aires. Tsé-Tsé, 2002) / Guardians of the Secret (Texas: Naomi Press, forthcoming), Malvas orquídeas del mar (Buenos Aires: Tsé-Tsé, 2004) / Mauve Sea-Orchids (New York: Belladonna Books, 2007), Rasgado (Buenos Aires: Tsé-Tsé, 2006), and the chapbooks Ardores (Buenos Aires, 1989), and Pampa (New York: Belladona Books, 2001). Her work, translated into English by Rosa Alcalá, has appeared in the art catalogues Alessandro Twombly  (Brussels: Alain Noirhomme, 2007) and Heidi McFall (New York: Aninna Nosei, 2005). She has just published a collaborative work with artist Martín Reyna, La couleur de l'eau (Paris: Virginie Boissiere, 2008), translated into French by Sarah T. Reyna. She has authored the book-length essay Gabriela Mistral. Una mujer sin rostro  (Rosario: Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2002). She has been the director and editor of the Rebel Road Series (2000-2007), and since 2003 she curates the KJCC Poetry Series at New York University, where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish. She is a John Simon Guggenheim fellow (2007).

Rosa Alcalá is the author of two chapbooks, Some Maritime

Disasters This Century (Belladonna), and Undocumentary (Dos Press).  She also has poems in The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (U of AZ). She has co-translated (with Mónica de la Torre) Lila Zemborain's Mauve Sea-Orchids (Belladonna), and forthcoming is her translation of Zemborain's Guardians of the Secret (Noemi Press).  Other translations include Lourdes Vázquez's Bestiary and Cecilia Vicuña's Cloud-net. She also has translations forthcoming in the Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry.  She holds an MFA from Brown University and a PhD from SUNY-Buffalo. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, she currently resides in El Paso, Texas, where she is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas, as well as Poetry Editor for Noemi Press.

Mónica de la Torre is author of the poetry books Talk Shows

(Switchback, 2007) and Acúfenos, a collection published in 2006 in Mexico City by Taller Ditoria. She co-wrote the artist book Appendices, Illustrations & Notes, which is available on, and co-edited the anthology Reversible Monuments: Mexican Contemporary Poetry. She is senior editor at BOMB Magazine and lives in Brooklyn. Her most recent poetry book, Public Domain is just out from Roof Books.

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