Agitprop Reading Series: Alt Lit Cityscapes With Ana Carrete & Aurelio Meza

February 2, 2013 at 7pm

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us this Saturday, February 2, 7pm for the first reading in what promises to be an outstanding Spring reading series. This month, we’re hosting two writers recently featured in Jacob Steinberg’s Alt Lit Cityscapes anthology: Ana Carrete of San Diego-Tijuana and Aurelio Meza of DF-Tijuana-Mexicali.

Ana Carrete is the founder and editor of New Wave Vomit, an experimental online literary art magazine. She’s a graduate student and teaches Spanish at SDSU. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Baby Babe, came out last Thanksgiving from Civil Coping Mechanisms. She has things online.

Fiction author Janey Smith writes: “Flighty, full of speed, and fostering its own no-future, Ana Carrete’s Baby Babe is like reading Juan Rulfo, if Juan Rulfo were Barbie. At some point, you’re going to have to make a decision as to what you want: teeth-whitening toothpaste or the ends of civilization. Baby Babe marks that point.”

Aurelio Meza has participated in several literature festivals and conferences in Mexico and the US. He has translated to Spanish some of the work by American poets Ben Dollar, Mark Wallace, Jesse Ball and Tony Tost. Since 2010 he is chief editor at the independent publishing collective Kodama Cartonera in Tijuana. He recently finished a research project on art collectives in the Tijuana-San Diego border region. Poetry books: Sakura (2008), La droga (2010) and Sombra (Unpublished). Essays: Shuffle. Poesía sonora (2011).

Alt Lit personality Beach Sloth writes: “Aurelio Meza digs deep into the words…One earthquake and everything went into a deep dark place. Despite the worry and fear of the city it beat the death of the countryside. Heat eats people alive. They die dry-mouthed. Mexico City tries to bring them into her loving arms. It seems extremely bleak. Aurelio is the sun. Aurelio laughs at the ruin.”

As always, there is no cover charge for reading, but libations and donations to the gallery are always welcome. We hope to see you there and for festivities before and after.

Saturday, February 2, 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on Utah, across from KFC)
San Diego, CA 92104

Contact: K. Lorraine Graham: klorraine(at)gmail(dot)com