Author Archives: Erica Mena

About Erica Mena

Erica Mena is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and book artist. Pronouns: they/them.

Class Notes 5/8/18

“Yet, I started to realize that to not have experienced this exclusion myself, to always have situated myself in the “included” group, was a loss for me and a lacking in my literary experience. … This poetry performance was much … Continue reading

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  “Black people (and Black women specifically) worldwide are subjected to a system of incredible violence, misogynoir, and suppression. In the midst of all this, can we really say we’ve reached the status of queens? That we are somehow magical … Continue reading

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Book Launch: Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production

Book Launch: Leticia Alvarado, Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production Thursday, May 3, 2018 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Brown University Nicholson House 71 George Street Providence RI 02912 FEATURING THE AUTHOR Leticia Alvarado, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and American … Continue reading

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Tishani Doshi & Vivek Narayanan

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The 10th Annual Black Lavender Experience: Theatre and Conversations Sparked by Queer Artists of Color

The Department of Africana Studies’ Rites and Reason Theatre invites you to:    The 10th Annual Black Lavender Experience: Theatre and Conversations Sparked by Queer Artists of Color   The Black Lavender Experience (BLX) is a showcase of performances, workshops and discussions … Continue reading

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Class Notes April 3 2018

What are some elements of experimental poetry that we can look for? repetition, broken/disrupted language, shifting or unstable subjectivity, polyvocality, multiplicity, open field, neologisms, non-standard englishes, multilingualism, paradox, non-dominant ways of knowing (feeling, intuition, ancestral knowledge, etc.), collapse of meaning, … Continue reading

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Making Up Missing Response Posts

You can make up missing response posts by doing a close-reading of a poem from either of the anthologies we’ve read so far (but haven’t discussed in class). You can also make up a missing response by going to a … Continue reading

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