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From Decimas to Spoken Word


Sunday, April 16, 3pm at 516 ARTS in-person & live-streamed


From Decimas to Spoken Word

co-presented by AfroMundo Collective & 516 ARTS

Peru’s Santa Cruz family drew attention to the plight of Afro Peruvians via decimas—a poetic tradition popular throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Following an English subtitled, 3 min video of Victoria Santa Cruz reciting “Me Llamaron Negra,” poet, literary critic and UNM Professor Dr. Eleuterio Santiago Díaz will discuss decimas and other poetics traditionally employed throughout the Americas in service of social causes. Brazilian poets Mel & Guellwaar Adún will read original poems. To intergenerationally bridge Spanish, Portuguese and English language spoken word traditions, three local youth poets – Monica Aguilar, J. Gourdin, and Leandro Pita – will perform original poems.