Two notable women writers from Brazil will speak at Hodges Library on Thursday, November 1 at 5 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
MIRIAM ALVES is the leading Afro-Brazilian female poet of today. Her perspective on the black female experience has been published in Portuguese, English, and German. Her writing adds to debates on race, class and gender in Brazil, providing a much needed space for narrating social and cultural problems. Alves is currently Writer in Residence at the University of New Mexico.
MARIA DA CONCEIÇÃO EVARISTO is the leading female Afro-Brazilian writer of consciousness and collaborates with Criola, the leading black women’s NGO in Rio de Janeiro. A teacher by profession, her militancy is most evident in community associations, mentoring, teaching, and publishing. She is working on a Doctorate in Comparative Literature at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro. She is in the United States as a guest of Host Publications to launch the English version of her first novel, Ponciá Vicêncio.
Both writers are contributors to the Cadernos Negros literary series.
A reception will follow the reading in the Mary E. Greer room on the second floor of Hodges Library, near the Melrose entrance. The event is sponsored by Ready for the World, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Africana Studies, and the University Libraries.