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Three Monterrey poets to share words with UTSA

By Alison Beshur
Public Affairs Specialist

(March 22, 2006)--The UTSA Mexico Center, Instituto de Mexico and UTSA Women's Studies Institute will present three poets from Monterrey for an hour-long bilingual poetry reading and interactive discussion from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 23 in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124) at the UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 W. Durango Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

Harriett Romo, UTSA associate professor of sociology and director of the Mexico Center, said the word exchange in Spanish and English is an example of the type of rich cultural exchanges the UTSA Mexico Center offers.

"These Mexican poets will give UTSA students opportunities to experience different cultural perspectives and ask questions about their work and careers as poets and academics," Romo said. "We are working to expand these types of exchanges that promote better understandings between the United States and Mexico and give UTSA students exciting new experiences."

Participating poets include Jeannette Clariond, Minerva Margarita Villarreal and Alexandra Botto.

Jeannette Clariond is a poet, translator and anthologist. She received national poetry awards in Mexico for her work "Desierta Memoria" (Deserted Memory), "Todo antes de la noche" (Everything Before the Night), and "Mujer dando la espalda" (Woman Turning Her Back).

Minerva Margarita Villarreal is a professor of philosophy and literature and director of the library at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León. She has several published books of poetry and has received national poetry awards for her work. In 1998, she earned an award for the best master's thesis and has collaborated with Reforma and Milenio, daily newspapers in Monterrey.

Alexandra Botto is a storyteller and poet with work published in several national magazines and newspapers and in an anthology of work collected in Spain. She has received recognitions from the Foundation for the Arts in Tepic and the underground newspaper, La Rocka. She also organized and participated in several literary workshops, including the first editorial workshop for El Norte, a major newspaper in the Mexican state of Nuevo León.

The UTSA Mexico Center recently opened and began to partner with Mexico-related organizations to provide forums for communication among policy makers, scholars, business representatives and professionals from the United States and Mexico.

The UTSA Mexico Center also connects existing Mexico-related expertise at UTSA through cross-disciplinary collaboration on research, academic and cultural activities to promote a better understanding of the neighboring countries by engaging students, faculty and staff.

Aside from the reading at 11 a.m. Thursday at the UTSA Downtown Campus, another presentation of the works of Clariond, Villarreal and Botto will be at 7 p.m., Friday, March 24 at the Instituto de Mexico, 600 HemisFair Plaza, in downtown San Antonio.

For more information, call Laura Perez at (210) 458-2849.

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