Poetry tour showcases current Latino talent

first_imgA national Latino poetry tour affiliated with Notre Dame launched at Harvard University today. The Poetry Society of America (PSA) and Letras Latinas, a subdivision of the literary program at Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), created the tour, called “Latino/a Poetry Now.” The tour will showcase 15 poets in a span of two-and-a-half years at different universities across America. It will conclude at Notre Dame in October 2013. Director Francisco Aragón of Letras Latinas facilitated the opening installment of “Latino/a Poetry Now” at Harvard University. Lauro Vazquez, first-year MFA graduate student and Aragón’s assistant, said the poets hoped to debut a new wave of Latino poetry through the national readings. “All of these poets, or the majority, are kind of like a newer generation that is coming into maturity,” he said. “What ‘Latino Poetry Now’ seeks to do is enhance the visibility of Latino poetry and these newer voices.” Vasquez said that, while the term “Latino” implied a homogeneous focus in the showcase, each poet produced different styles of work. “In reality Latinos are very diverse,” he said. “They have varying aesthetics, influences and cultural backgrounds. The topics are tremendously diverse.” Different poets will speak at each segment of the series, Vazquez said. The first installment featured Rosa Alcalá, Eduardo C. Corral and Aracelis Girmay. Corral recently won the Yale Younger Poets Award and Girmay received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award. Following installments held at Georgetown University, Macalester College and the University of Arizona, the showcase will conclude at Notre Dame in 2013. “When it comes to here, it will be a two-day event with a reading and discussion,” Vazquez said. “It will be collaboration between the Creative Writing program at Notre Dame and undergrads who will have the opportunity to listen to these poets and ask questions.” Vazquez said Aragón hoped to create a dialogue between the poets and their audience. Aragón will guide the conversations at each installment over the next two and a half years as a representative of the ILS and the University. “Aragón also worked with the PSA to generate online discussion,” Vasquez said. “We’re not just trying to bring audiences to the poets. We want the thing to take on a life of its own.” The poets hope to reach several audiences through the showcase, Vazquez said. “I think it goes without saying that the general impact is not only for people in higher education,” he said. “Poetry, especially this new poetry, is meant to be visible to anybody.”last_img read more

Videographers encouraged to showcase Dominica’s natural and eco attractions

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism & Legal Affairs, Mrs. Claudia Bellot. Photo credit: GIS NewsPermanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs Mrs Claudia Bellot has challenged participants of the 2nd Film Editing Workshop to showcase Dominica’s natural and eco attractions on both a community and national level.Over twenty five videographers were yesterday awarded participating certificates at a closing ceremony of the 2nd Audio and Film Editing Workshop organized by the Dominica Film Office in association with the Discover Dominica Authority. “We really look forward to the results of this workshop from the point of view of the Ministry of Tourism…. I want to challenge the participants who were exposed to the various skills that were portrayed at this workshop to begin utilizing their skills to showcase our unique offering of natural and eco attractions in tourism both at the community level and at national level,” Mrs Bellot said.She further impressed upon the participants the need to record and promote the spectacular scenery, landscapes and natural beauty unique to our island, now that they have sharpened their skills.“You can now record all of the spectacular scenery and landscapes of Dominica as you hike along the Waitukubuli National Trail and you can certainly show Dominicans and our visitors alike the natural beauty which abounds in Dominica.”Mrs Bellot also noted that developing Dominica as a location for filming will stimulate the growth of that industry as well as lead to the diversification of our economy.“There is no doubt in our minds at the Ministry of Tourism that developing Dominica as a location for film, for fashion shoots, for advertisement shoots, etcetera has very great potential and it is the skills of persons such as yourselves which will stimulate the growth of this industry. We therefore encourage you to pursue your vision and our vision of furthering the development of the audio visual sector for the benefit of all of us and eventually for the diversification of our economy,” she said.The two week workshop geared at upgrading the skills of videographers in Dominica was facilitated by Cuban Film Editor and Film-maker Mr Oriel Rodriguez, a teacher at the International Film and Television School in Havana, Cuba.Film Commissioner Mrs. Anita Bully. Photo credit: GIS NewsFilm Commissioner Mrs Anita Bully while addressing the closing ceremony last night described the Dominica Film Offices’ mandate as promoting Dominica as a prime location for films, documentaries, fashion shoots and television programs as well as to develop a local film industry hence the purpose of the workshop.“The Dominica Film Office which was founded in 2005 has two major mandates; the first is to promote Dominica as a prime location for feature films, for eco and cultural related documentaries, for television programs and various other photography related projects such as fashion photo shoots and lifestyle magazine spreads….The second and equally important mandate of the Film Office is to encourage and develop a local film industry. As you know Dominicans air waves are being bombarded by foreign material that promotes foreign values and attitudes,” she said.Mrs Bully also highlighted taken steps to ensure that our air waves are not only bombarded with foreign content but also local film productions.“The Film Office thinks it is extremely important to change this and as a result has begun doing the following; liaising with local producers and film makers and encourage them to come together and form an association, to produce local films and television programs, and at the same time keeping them informed of training opportunities available, funding opportunities that are available, upcoming festivals and call for entries and other industry related information or activities,” Mrs Bully said.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Videographers encouraged to showcase Dominica’s natural and eco attractions by: – September 17, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Florida man uses dating site to lure woman to park before raping her

first_imgPolice in Miami-Dade have arrested a 21-year-old man who reportedly used a dating site to lure and a woman to a park and rape her.According to the report, Joanka Ortiz and the victim reportedly became acquainted through the dating app in January and decided to meet up.The two met at Black Point Park & Marina and sometime during the encounter, Ortiz reportedly bent the victim over a table under a park pavilion and forced her to have sex with him.According the police, the victim then pushed Ortiz off of her and asked to go home.When authorities contacted Ortiz about the incident he confessed to the crime.He has since been arrested and is facing a sexual battery charge. A judge has set his bond at $5,000 and has requested that he be placed on house arrest after his release.Officials also say Ortiz was arrested in March after was caught using his phone to video tape up a woman’s skirt when he worked at a Pet Supermarket.last_img read more