October 15th-18th, 2014, MAKE Literary Productions introduces the inaugural Lit & Luz Festival—one-of-a-kind series of events featuring renowned authors and visual artists from Chicago and Mexico City in cultural exchange and conversation. Through readings, performances, visual art, and the 2014 theme “Archive,” the participants will explore both Chicago and Mexico City’s historical contexts; how we document our lives and our culture in a digital age; and translation between language and artistic mediums. Most importantly, the festival will highlight contemporary literature and visual art from Mexico City.
The first event on Wed, Oct. 15, will take place at the Poetry Foundation in River North and feature Mexican poets Valerie Mejer and Luis Felipe Fabre; Thursday, contratiempo and The University of Chicago’s Katz Center for Mexican Studies co-sponsor a lively conversation on translation at Cultura en Pilsen; On Saturday, the festival will culminate in a “Live Magazine” at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport. For the event, seven groups of collaborators have joined up to create short performances, bringing print to life in this literary spectacle hosted by comedian Adam Burke.
Throughout the four days, visiting participants will give individual readings and lectures at institutions throughout Chicago, including DePaul University, Roosevelt University, the University of Chicago, Wilbur Wright College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Northwestern University. Full details below.