Achy Obejas with M. Evelina Galang
A Cuban American poet, writer, and translator who has been doing virtuoso work for almost thirty years now, writing and translating extraordinary books and claiming important sexual and cultural terrain as well, Achy Obejas makes this welcome Elliott Bay return, albeit virtually, to read from her new, bilingual collection of poetry, Boomerang / Bumerán (Raised Voices/Voces Alzadas/Beacon Press).
“Achy Obejas’s Boomerang comes hurtling at you, maddening, sharp-edged, in wild, aerodynamic swerve across a ‘jeweled sea, flickering with caution,’ flung past limits of language, tragedy, history, to circle back through Ana Mendieta, José Martí, a synagogue in Pittsburgh . . . . There are far more than two sides to the dualities this work takes aim at with shattering skill.”—Esther Allen.
“The much-needed hope that comes with love defines these poems, shapes their lush epiphanies, their celebration of beloveds of all sorts, not just humans but also political convictions and the wide ranging geographies of various cities. These are the poems that we need so much right now as they remind us about the transformative promise that manifests when we brush up against each other and the inclusive, generous world that can come out of those moments.”—Juliana Spahr.
In conversation this evening with Achy Obejas will be Filipina American fiction writer and professor (University of Miami) M. Evelina Galang, whose most recent book is a powerful nonfiction work of testimony, Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living with War.