MAKE Literary Productions and partners are proud to present the second annual Lit & Luz Festival—a one-of-a-kind series of events featuring renowned authors and visual artists from Chicago and Mexico City in cultural exchange and conversation. FICCIÓN/FICTION, detailed below, complements POESÍA/POETRY with Luis Felipe Fabre, Joyelle McSweeney, and Duriel E. Harris at ACRE Projects, 1345 W 19th St, on November 19th, 7PM.
Friday, November 20th
FICCIÓN / FICTION
Constellation, 3111 N Western, 7:30 PM
In this bilingual, fiction-centric event, celebrated Mexico City-based writers Brenda Lozano and Mario Bellatin read from their work in Spanish, as translated text is projected overhead. They are joined by Chicago author Adam Levin. A conversation with Mario Bellatin follows the readings.
More on the participants:
Mario Bellatin has published dozens of novellas in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. His English-language translations include Beauty Salon (City Lights, 2010) Chinese Checkers: Three Fictions (Ravenna Press, 2009), and Flowers & Mishima’s Illustrated Biography (7Vientos, 2014), garnering him attention from the New York Times,Words Without Borders, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His Phoneme Media titles include Shiki Nagaoka: A Nose for Fiction and the upcoming Jacob the Mutant. Bellatin’s work frequently examines deformity, disease, sexual identity, and the ambiguity between fiction and reality. Bellatin is Director of the Dynamic School of Writers in Mexico City. Bellatin photo courtesy of Samuel Torres Parra/7Vientos.
Gerardo Cárdenas is a Mexico City-born writer and journalist. He lived in Mexico City, Miami, Washington, D.C., Brussels and Madrid before settling down in the Chicago area in 1989. He currently is the editorial director for contratiempo, the only Spanish-language cultural and literary magazine in the Midwest. His poems, short stories and articles have been published in print and electronic media outlets, as well as anthologies in Mexico, the United States, Spain, Venezuela, Chile and the Dominican Republic. He won the Premio Interamericano Carlos Montemayor 2013, has twice won the John Barry Spanish Short Fiction Award (2004, 2007) and was a finalist to the Cuerpos del Deseo Erotic Fiction Award in 2013. In 2011 he published A veces llovia en Chicago(Vocesueltas/Magenta), a collection of short fiction. A second short fiction book and a first book of poetry are soon to be published. Gerardo also publishes the weekly literary blog En la Ciudad de los Vientos.
Paul Giallorenzo is a producer, organizer, co-founder, and director of the art gallery/music venue Elastic, producing hundreds of creative music concerts in Chicago since 2001. Born and raised in NY, he is a also a Chicago-based improviser, composer, and sound designer using piano, synthesizer, and electronics in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic / noise. Current projects and releases include GitGO (Leo, 482 reeds/brass/piano/bass/drums); Paul Giallorenzo Triofeaturing Ingebrigt Håker Flaten + Tim Daisy (Nottwo Records, piano/bass/drums); Gregorio/Giallorenzo Duo (Peira, clarinet/piano); Breakway(Peira, synthesizers/piano/percussion);Masul (Creative Sources, (bass saxophone/electronics).
Adam Levin is the author of the novel The Instructions and the story collection Hot Pink, both published by McSweeney’s. A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, and winner of the 2011 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, Levin lives in Chicago, and will, this spring, be teaching at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Brenda Lozano (Mexico City, 1981) is a novelist and essayist whose work has appeared in several anthologies. She studied Latin American literature and is a fellow of the FONCA Young Artist programme, and has had various writing residencies abroad. She edits the Spanish-language fiction in translation section of MAKE Literary Magazine. Todo nada (Tusquets, 2009) is her first novel—which is currently being adapted for the cinema—and Cuaderno ideal (Alfaguara, 2014) her second.