Sunday, May 5 at 5pm
speaking & signing
In conversation with Liliana Valenzuela
ABOUT BLACK WINGS
Spanning two continents, Black Wings is the story of Laila and Yasmeen, a mother and daughter, struggling to meet across the generations, cultures, and secrets that separate them. Their shared grief, as well as the common bond of unhappiness in their marriages, allows them to reconnect after seventeen years of frustration, anger and misunderstandings.
ABOUT SEHBA SARWAR
Sehba Sarwar has been writing and organizing in the community for more than twenty-five years, and has taught high school and university courses and community courses, given talks and offered readings.
Her work tackles immigration and border issues and has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Creative Time Reports, ASIA: Magazine of Asian Literature and elsewhere. In Houston, in 2000 she founded Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB), an alternative arts organization that tackles social justice issues at a local and global level.
She has served on the board of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, was scholar-in-residence at Rice University’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality, and has participated in panels with the Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts and more.
A member of Macondo Writers Workshop and American Leadership Forum, she also co-hosted a weekly show at Houston’s Pacifica Radio Station KPFT 90.1 FM, where she interviewed Houston-based artists as well as international celebrities including Patti Smith.
Her writings and VBB’s history have been permanently archived by the University of Houston’s Friends of Women’s Studies in its Special Collections, acknowledging the impact of her three-decade artistic career.
Sarwar was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and was based in Houston for more than two decades. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and teenage daughter.
ABOUT LILIANA VALENZUELA
The conversation will be moderated by Liliana Valenzuela, who is the author of Codex of Journeys: Bendito Camino (Mouthfeel Press, 2013) and Codex of Love: Bendito camino (forthcoming from FlowerSong Books, summer 2020), as well as other artisan chapbooks.An acclaimed translator of U.S. Latino/a writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Denise Chávez, Dagoberto Gilb, Cristina García, and many others, Valenzuela is the former editor of ¡Ahora Sí!, the Spanish publication of the Austin American-Statesman. Valenzuela is an inaugural CantoMundo fellow and a long-time Macondo Writers Workshop member. She writes poetry in English and Spanish.
Welcoming words by Vicente Lozano, a writer who lives and works in Austin. Lozano has been the recipient of the Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters, has received grants from the Vermont Studio Center, a fiction fellowship from the Michener Center for Writers, and is a proud member of Macondo, Sandra Cisneros’ community of socially engaged writers. After 15 years, he is bringing a book about his Mexican family to a close. He makes himself feel better by thinking: "hey, the story spans 100 years, so a decade and a half spent figuring out race and class complications isn’t too bad!"
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