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USPiM is a fiscally-sponsored not-for-profit. Each year, the USPiM Poetry Conference offers a variety of poetry workshops, chapbook-making studio sessions, 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, translation projects and much more.
Previous USPiM Conferences & Poets
Oaxaca 2016: Major Jackson, Eileen Myles, Charles Alexander, Mark Statman, Susan Briante Poetas Mexicanos: Tedi Lopez Mills (Mexico City), Efrain Velasco Sosa (Oaxaca), Victor Teran (Zapotec language)
Oaxaca 2014: Andrei Codrescu, Ron Silliman, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Anselm Berrigan, Catherine Wagner, Translation: Clare SullivanPoetas 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 PoetasMexicanos: 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 PoetasMexicanas: 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.