Afro-Latinx Poetry Now


The summer of racial reckoning that reverberated across the United States in 2020 after the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd prompted cultural organizations around the country to undergo long overdue periods of self-scrutiny. “Afro-Latinx Poetry Now” is one response to this reflection—on the part of Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies, in partnership with the Initiative on Race and Resilience, at the University of Notre Dame.

The six sessions that make up this two-day gathering will strive to create space to center Blackness within the literary community. The visiting poets will be joined by six scholars, who will each illuminate the poets’ oeuvre, respectively, at two sessions. In addition to performing their poems at evening sessions, the poets will each deliver talks on an Afro-Latinx poet of their choosing. In all, then, the work of twelve artists will be celebrated. These in-person sessions will be live-streamed and recorded for maximum amplification.


Event Schedule


Session 1:

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM EST

Darrel Alejandro Holnes on the poetry of Lorenzo Thomas

Yesenia Montilla on the poetry of Aracelis Girmay

John Murillo on the poetry of Nancy Morejón


Session 2:

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM EST

Pablo José Lopez Oro on the poetry of Darrel Alejandro Holnes

Francisco Robles on the poetry of Yesenia Montilla

John Alba Cutler on the poetry of John Murillo


Session 3:

8:00 PM – 9:15 PM EST

an evening of poetry

Welcome: Mark Sanders (Initiative on Race and Resilience)

Darrel Alejandro Holnes

Yesenia Montilla

John Murillo



Session 4:

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM EST

Jasminne Mendez on the poetry of Dianelly Antigua

Roberto Carlos Garcia on the poetry of Willie Perdomo

Raina J. León on the poetry of Alán Pelaez López


Session 5:

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM EST

Judith Rodríguez on the poetry of Jasminne Mendez

Marisel Moreno on the poetry of Roberto Carlos Garcia

Yomaira Figueroa-Vásquez on the poetry of Raina J. León


Session 6:

8:00 PM – 9:15 PM EST

an evening of poetry

Welcome: Paloma Garcia-Lopez (Institute for Latino Studies)

Jasminne Mendez

Roberto Carlos Garcia

Raina J. León