The 2016 Lit & Luz Festival

Running through October 11 – 15.

This year headliners include Mexican writers Daniel Saldaña París, Gabriela Jauregui, Guadalupe Nettel, along with visual artist Jorge Méndez Blake, and Luis Felipe Fabre as this year’s writer-in-residence. The "Live Magazine Extravaganza Show" finale will feature multimedia collaborations between Mexican and US-based artists.

About Lit & Luz Festival
Held each fall in Chicago and each February in Mexico City, the Lit & Luz Festival is a unique series of readings, conversations, and performances featuring renowned authors from the United States and Mexico, featuring new translations and artistic collaborations to highlight and promote contemporary literature from both countries.
Festival Schedule

Tuesday, October 11
Señal Night Poetry Reading
7 pm at Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street
Lit & Luz, Poetry Foundation, and Señal Books present Señal Night with Florencia Castellano, Luis Felipe Fabre, Pablo Katchadjian, and Gabriela Jauregui. And special guest translators, Alexis Almeida, Stalina Villarreal, JP Pluecker, and Rebekah Smith. Hosted by Brenda Lozano. Co-presented by the Poetry Foundation &Poetry Magazine, along with Señal Books.

Wednesday, October 12
Reading and Q & A with Writer and Critic Gabriela Jauregui
4:15 PM, School of the Art Institute, Lakeview Building 8th floor Writing Wing, White Box Studio 803, 116 S. Michigan Avenue
Join prolific poet and Mexico City-based art critic Gabriela Jauregui for a reading and Q & A. Reception to follow. Co-presented by the Writing Program, School of the Art Institute

On Translation: a Discussion with Writer-Translators
7 pm at Sector 2337,  A conversation on translation with Alexis Almeida, Victoria Cóccaro, Luis Felipe Fabre, JP Pluecker, Rebekah Smith, Stalina Villarreal. Hosted by Daniel Borzutzky.

Thursday, October 13
Zona Abierta Series Artist Talk with Jorge Méndez Blake
3:30 pm, Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 803 South Morgan Street, Lecture Center B2
Méndez Blake will present images and discuss his sculptures and installations, which have been exhibited world wide. Co-presented with the Latin American and Latino Studies Department at UIC.

Reading and Conversation with Novelist Daniel Saldaña París
5 pm at Roosevelt University,  The Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan.
A reading with Daniel Saldaña París, whose novel Among Strange Victims was recently released in English translation the U.S. by Coffee House Press. Co-presented with Roosevelt University’s MFA in Creative Writing 

Community Open House at ACRE
6-9 pm at ACRE Projects, 1345 W 19th Street
Food, drinks, and pop-up performances by Lit & Luz participants.

Friday, October 14
Reading and Conversation with Writer Guadalupe Nettel
12 pm at University of Chicago Katz Center, 5848 S. University Ave.
Herralde Award-winning author Nettel will read and discuss her work and writing life in Mexico City. Co-presented with the Katz Center for Mexican Studies

Reading and Conversation with Novelist Daniel Saldaña París
Piper Hall at 3pm, Lake Shore Campus, Loyola U. Chicago

A bilingual reading with Daniel Saldaña París a poet, essayist, and novelist from México City. His novel En medio de extrañas víctimas/Among Strange Victims has established him as a leading Mexican writer along side Valeria Luiselli and Álvaro Enrigue. Q&A with LUC Professor Héctor García Ch. to follow.
Hosted by Loyola University’s Latin American and Latino Studies Program and Modern Languages and Literatures

Visual Artists Jorge Méndez Blake and Dianna Frid
5-7 PM DePaul Art Museum, 935 W Fullerton Ave
Join us for a conversation with artists Jorge Méndez Blake and Dianna Frid on how their respective cities, libraries, and poetry have influenced their work. The discussion will be moderated by Mexico City-based writer and art critic, Gabriela Jauregui and DPAM assistant curator, Mia Lopez. In conjunction with the exhibit, “On Space and Place: Contemporary Art from Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver.”

Saturday, October 15
(Anti-)Static: A Live Magazine Extravaganza
8 pm, Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3221 S. Morgan
Featuring debut collaborative performances from Gabriela Jauregui + Susy Bielak & Fred Schmalz, Jorge Méndez Blake + Samantha Hill, Guadalupe Nettel + Vu Tran + Amanda Gutiérrez, Daniel Saldaña París + Jessica Anne, Alejandro Albarrán Polanco + Rachel Galvin–and special guests. Music from Sonorama’s Charly Garcia.  This event will move between Spanish and English and through the theme, “(Anti-)Static” or “Motion,” explore the contexts in which both Chicago and Mexico City exist.

Suggested donation–click here for more information.

Published by Brett Swinney on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 2:20pm
Updated on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 2:26pm
The 2016 Lit & Luz Festival | Chicago Artists Resource


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