a child in ruins, the collected poems of José Luís Peixoto, translated by hugo dos santos, now available from writ large press
"José Luís Peixoto is one of the most surprising revelations from recent Portuguese literature"
- José Saramago, Nobel Prize-winning author of Blindness
A Child in Ruins is the first translation into English of the poetry of José Luís Peixoto. Published by Writ Large Press, the collection represents a selection from Peixoto's three collections of poetry that have been published in Portuguese: A Criança em Ruínas (A Child in Ruins), first published in 2001, A Casa, a Escuridão (The House, the Darkness), first published in 2002, and Gaveta de Papéis (Paper Drawer), first published in 2008.
A Criança em Ruínas was awarded the Award of the Portuguese Society of Authors as the best book of poetry published in that year.
Dodge Poetry Festival 2016 - Lunchtime Poems in Military Park
As part of the 2016 edition of the Dodge Poetry Festival, Military Park is hosting a weekly lunchtime poetry series running July 12 through August 23.
The readings are co-sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and the Military Park Partnership.
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Additional information about the event can be found here.
Additional information about the Dodge Poetry Festival can be found here.
Additional information about the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation can be found here.
"The Labors They Endure" - Reading on June 25, at Living Incubator Performance Space (LIPS) in Newark
There will be a reading at 8pm, by Hugo Dos Santos, with a reception to follow.
From the event description page:
"Labors They Endure” centers on Portuguese women’s lives in the roles they play, as worker, mother, and artist explored on canvas through oil, sketch, watercolor, and azulejos (tiles). With a modernist focus on such women as vineyard workers, fisherwoman, fadistas, and mothers, Silva seeks to honor the Portuguese woman for the many "labors they endure" with fortitude, joy, despair, pride and above all, love.
The Living Incubator Performance Space (LIPS) is located inside the Gateway Project Spaces in the Gateway 2 building, in downtown Newark.
Exciting news: new work at theeeel, Hinchas de Poesia, and Queen Mob's
Writing Newark in Different Tongues - Bilingual reading at Rutgers-Newark
The event, Writing Newark in Different Tongues, is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a book-signing session with both authors.
The event is sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, the Center for Migration and the Global City, and the Latin@ Studies Working Group.
A huge thank you to Kim Holton for making this event possible.
from lisbon to the ironbound, memories of my grandmother in the kitchen
A new piece I wrote about my grandmother and her cooking is now up at One Moveable Feast.
The old adage is write what you know, but I always find it so hard to write about that which is closest to me. As a result, I don't often, if ever, write of or about my family. But there are memories that linger in the mind like images of a book that was never written. The memories don't follow me everywhere. They show up unannounced, when I am not expecting them, and remind me of those moments that shaped me.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to write about my grandmother. I lost her last year during a very tough period. Sitting down to write brought back so much. If you haven't had the chance, sit down and think back to a moment in your childhood. Try to describe it, recapture it through description.
One of my earliest memories is of standing at the corner at the end of our block. My mother held my hand and pointed down the street. I strained my eyes to see through the people coming and going and the cars parked on the right side and the clotheslines on either side. Then I saw her, my grandmother, off in the distance, one hand waving to us and the other a visor at her brow. My mother leaned close to me, touched me softly on the shoulder and said, “Vá, vai ter com a avó que eu fico aqui a ver-te.” All I had to do was walk toward my grandmother. I had earlier agreed to do it. I had thought I could do it. When my mother asked if I wanted to go have lunch at my grandmother’s I had said yes. But now with my grandmother a hundred yards or so away, the journey seemed laden with danger. I didn’t want to let on how scared I was so I kissed my mother good-bye to show I’d soon be on my way, then stood there a few moments longer watching the street before me. I had thought I could do it.
The Portuguese experience has always been leaving.
I took a deep breath, looked up once more, said good-bye again, walked a dozen or so yards, turned back to check how far I’d gone. The distance was too much. I ran back to my mother. “Só mais um beijinho,” I asked, then ventured out again, this time not so far. I wanted to go, I wanted to be a big boy. I wanted to be brave enough to do this on my own. But there were so many people on the street, their steps so decided, their voices so sure, and the remaining distance so great.
I ran back to my mother, barely keeping back the tears. She tried but there was no convincing me. I would have to wait for another day before I was brave enough to do it alone. I still had lunch with my grandmother that day but my mother had to walk me down to meet her.
 Translation: “Go meet your grandmother, I’ll watch you from here.”
 Translation: “Just one more kiss.”
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Brick City Speaks, "After the Carnations: Writing the Luso American Experience In Newark" - April 13, 2015
The Brick City Speaks is a monthly reading series in the Ironbound section of Newark. It features readings on the second Monday of every month, at Hell's Kitchen, in Newark.
Philly's TireFire Reading series welcomes Hugo Dos Santos, March 12, 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 12, the TireFire reading series welcomes Hugo Dos Santos to Philadelphia where he will read from his novel in progress, Brick City.
The readings are held on the second Thursday of the month at the Tattooed Mom, 530 South St, in Philadelphia. There is no cover, though attendees are strongly encouraged to tip their bartender.
Newark-based newspaper Luso-Americano runs Article about ironbound and writing the luso-american experience
Appearing at the Dodge Poetry Festival's Brick City Voices Panel - Fall 2014
The Dodge Poetry Festival, a festival once dubbed "Wordstock" by the New York Times, returns to Newark this October in what has become North America's largest poetry event. For four days, Brick City welcomes some of the most important poets working in the English language today. Newark's NJPAC will once again serve as the base of operations for the festival.
I will be reading on Saturday, October 25, 1:30PM - 2:40PM, as part of the Brick City Voices panel.
Newark writers Marina Carreira and Paula Neves will also be part of this panel.
Among those who will be appearing at Dodge this year are Billy Collins, Richard Blanco, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Robert Pinsky, Brenda Shaughnessy, and many more. A complete lineup is available here.
A winner of Disquiet International's Luso American Scholarships - Summer 2014
The Disquiet International Literary Program, held June 29-July 11, featured workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting. With beautiful Lisbon as the backdrop, the program featured Denis Johnson as the guest writer in residence. Workshop faculty included Katherine Vaz, Erica Dawson, Moez Surani, Alissa Nutting, Derek Nikitas, Padgett Powell, Jacqueline Goldfinger, Sally Ashton, and Josip Novakovich, among others. Meakin Armstrong, Fiction Editor of Guernica Mag, and Catherine Tice, Associate Editor of the New York Review of Books, were also present for the program.
For a complete listing of winners, including Hugo Dos Santos's Luso-American scholarship, visit the 2014 Contest and Scholarship winners page.