Celebrate literature and other art forms of the Américas at the 2012 Las Americas Letters Series in Literature and the Arts. This year’s event will feature talks by three internationally acclaimed writers whose work span literature, theater and film.

Join Carmen Tafolla, Alicia Kozameh and Paula Varsavsky on the St. Mary’s University campus as they discuss how their works portray issues of human rights, social justice and the spirit of strength through creativity. The event takes place Oct. 11-13 and will feature readings and panel discussions that are free and open to the public.

Tafolla, San Antonio’s first poet laureate is an educator, short story writer, author of over twenty books, script writer and performer. She also specializes in Mexican-American studies and creativity studies.

Kozameh is an Argentine novelist and former political prisoner who survived more than three years of imprisonment and six months of freedom under surveillance. She was forced into exile and, once in California, Amnesty International helped her to become a political refugee of the United Nations. She currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at Chapman University.

Varsawsky is an Argentine fiction writer who followed her father into exile in New York City during the military repression in Argentina. In her works she reflects the aftermath of the breaches in human rights that take place during the dictatorship.

Event #1 Details

What: Readings by Carmen Tafolla and Alicia Kozameh

When: Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: University Center, Conference Room A

Event #2 Details

What: Roundtable discussion with authors Alicia Kozameh and Paula Varsavsky

When: Friday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: University Center, Conference Room A

See more details on our Las Americas Letters event page.

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