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WHEN: Thursday, February 1 at 4:30pm
WHERE: Assembly Hall (2nd Floor), Campus Center, UAlbany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany
BUS: #10, 12, 910, 114
Sandra Guzmán, Afro Indigenous storyteller and literary editor, presents her new anthology, Daughters of Latin America: An International Anthology of Writing by Latine Women (2023), a dazzling collection of essential works by 140 Latin American and indigenous writers— many of them translated into English for the first time. Kirkus Reviews called it, “A significant collection of Latine women’s voices across five centuries… A fresh, indispensable look at the wide, multicultural world of Latine women writers.”
Guzmán also served as producer and interviewer for the Emmy-nominated documentary, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” which the Writers Institute screened in 2019 to celebrate the life of UAlbany faculty member Toni Morrison (1931-2019).
“One of the aspects that makes this collection trailblazing and unique is that it extends beyond traditional forms of literature to include the work of a member of Congress, a Grammy winner, sing-songwriters and more. I learned about so many legendary women I didn’t know of before including Maria Sabina who did not read or write. Sabina was a storyteller who spoke Mazatec and had a literary tradition that was based in spiritual ritual and practice. I love how this anthology honors our ancestral and oral storytelling traditions by spotlighting lesser-known figures and speaking to how their work paved the way for women of color writers today.”
— Em, 5-stars, Goodreads
“I will say upfront I love anthologies, the best have so much to offer the readers while even the most mundane still offer some degree of breadth. That said, I still tend to approach a new anthology with some hesitation, while there is so much they can offer there are also many ways they can fall short. This one succeeded on every level.”
— J Earl, 5-stars, Goodreads
“What a phenomenal collection of voices! What I *really* enjoyed was the acknowledgment and platform given to voices of mixed Latin heritage and queer identifications.
It got a bit emotional at times, it got a bit relatable. I think as a child of immigrant parents, a lot of these stories and poems, speeches and scribbled thoughts resonate a lot more.
Sandra Guzman does a wonderful job in arranging different views and different genres- from sci-fi and fantasy stories to real spoken speeches, from queer voices about the queer experience to the erasure of voices caught in this in-between world.”
— Guadalupe, 4.4-stars, Goodreads
Cosponsored by UAlbany’s Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies and the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.