Guest Lecturers ~ CHARLES ALEXANDER & Pedro Serrano
Faculty ~ Susan Briante Major Jackson Eileen Myles Kristin Prevallet Mark Statman
Featured Readings ~ Tedi López Mills, Pedro Serrano, Víctor Terán, Efrain Velasco, and others
USPiM is a fiscally-sponsored not-for-profit. The USPiM Poetry Conference is a week of daily workshops, discussions on contemporary poetry, poetics and art, bookmaking, translation workshops, an introduction to Mexican poets, and nightly FREE public readings.
USPiM welcomes poets seeking to refine their writing and consider expanding their horizons to include book arts, collaborations with artists, new media, translation projects and much more. The core of the program consists of daily writing workshops, daily poet or artist talks, as well as nightly readings by faculty and featured Mexican poets. USPiM is a concentrated, unique engagement between poetry, translation and the arts.
Previous USPiM Conferences & Poets
Oaxaca 2014: Andrei Codrescu, Ron Silliman, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Anselm Berrigan, Catherine Wagner, Translation: Clare Sullivan Poetas Mexicanas: Maria Baranda (Mexico City), Natalia Toledo (Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca; Mexico City), Rocío González (Oaxaca/Mexico City), Guadalupe Ángela (Oaxaca)
Merida 2013: Tom Sleigh, Ron Silliman, Nicole Cooley, Lynn Emanuel, Mark Weiss, Translation: Suzanne Jill Levine Poetas Mexicanos: Mario Bojórquez (Puebla), Álvaro Solís (Puebla), Rubén Márquez Máximo (Puebla), Ambar Past (San Cristobal de las Casas) and Maruch Mendes Peres (Chiapas, Tsotzil Mayan language), Gabriel Magana Merlo (Guadalajara)
Tulum 2011: Diane Wakoski, Jerome Rothenberg, Paul Hoover, Mark Weiss, Translation: Jen Hofer Poetas Mexicanos: Luis Cortés Bargalló (Mexico City), Rocío Cerón (Mexico City), Carla Faesler (Mexico City) , Feliciano Sánchez Chan (Merida, Mayan language)
Merida 2010: Mark Doty, Anne Waldman, Martin Espada, Translation: Pedro Serrano Poetas Mexicanos: Pura López-Colomé (Mexico City), José Vicente Anaya (Mexico City), Pedro Serrano (Mexico City), Bricieda Cuevas Cob (Campeche, Mayan language)
Merida 2009: C. D. Wright, Forrest Gander, Bob Holman, Jack Collom, Translation: Mónica de la Torre Poetas Mexicanas: Coral Bracho (Mexico City), Mónica de la Torre (NYC), Valerie Mejer (San Miguel de Allende), Bricieda Cuevas Cob (Campeche, Mayan language)
Myles Photo: Alice O'Malley; Prevallet Photo: Ted Roeder; Alexander & Briante Photos: Cybele Knowles
English language poets visit Mexico for a week of inspiring literary discourse and writing workshops with their peers, and are introduced to contemporary Mexican poets and their work.
Visiting poets learn about local culture, indigenous languages and customs, and visit archaeological sites, museums and ecological sites.
We encourage and support translation projects. Translation workshops are available with teaching professionals who specialize in Latin American literature - particularly Mexican poetry.