Welcome to USPiM Oaxaca!
Seventy-degree winter days, stunning colonial architecture, local cultural offerings and the culinary capital of Mexico all await you in beautiful Oaxaca de Juarez! Join USPiM in Oaxaca for a week of inspiring literary discourse and cultural immersion. For Oaxaca 2016, poet and publisher Charles Alexander (Chax Press) will give a few talks. Poets Major Jackson, Eileen Myles, Kristin Prevallet and Mark Statman will offer generative writing workshops and discussions. Poet Susan Briante will lead translation workshops. Poet, editor and translator Pedro Serrano (Mexico City) will give two talks on Mexican poetry now and then. Our Featured Readers will include Tedi López Mills (Mexico City), Victor Teran (Jucithan de Zaragoza, Oaxaca/Zapotec language) and Efrain Velasco (Oaxaca), and others. Workshops are limited to 10 persons. Testimonials
New: Faculty will conduct daily lectures; we will expand our participant readings and highlight the opportunities for translations with a separate Translation Meet & Greet.
What makes our poetry conference unique?
Our intimate and intensive poetry workshops focus on expanding ideas for new work.
U.S. and Mexican poets meet, discover each others' writing and, we hope: collaborate!
Our faculty, guests and featured readers include poets and artists from a variety of contemporary poetry and art schools and movements.
A translator of Latin American literature offers a translation workshop at every conference.
We highlight the poetry of indigenous peoples and explore their culture.
We include visits to archaeological sites and other cultural venues to establish a sense of place and an understanding of local culture.
The USPiM Poetry Conference sponsors FREE public readings by all faculty, guests and featured Mexican poets.
Each year, we invite a few regional Mexican poets to participate and integrate our event with local literary communities.
USPiM will be adding chapbook assemblage, broadside printing and other publishing ventures in the future!
Overview & Schedule
It would be best to arrive Saturday, January 2, 2016, since most flights will arrive in the evening. Sunday is the perfect day to walk around the historic center and become familiar with the layout of streets and landmarks and/or join USPiM for a cultural day trip to Tlacolula Market with several stops along the way-a great way to see local communities. On Monday and Tuesday mornings we will offer early-morning Walkabouts in the city with poet Alice Jennings, who resides in Oaxaca part-time. The walkabouts will show walking routes to our event locations, where to have coffee/lunch, landmarks and other points of interest.
Plan your own workshop week. Morning Lectures with a brief coffee break/breather between each lecture. Afternoon Workshops: you may work with one poet for one, two, three or all four days. Daily sign-up sheets are provided. Workshops are limited to 10 persons each on a first come, first served sign up basis on the day of the workshop. Individual Consultations with Charles Alexander - limited to eight one-half hour sessions: Please contact USPiM to reserve in advance (cost included), time to be arranged upon arrival in Oaxaca. **Note: This schedule may change a little as we add more guests and offerings.
Our full schedule will be emailed to participants before arrival.
*Only registered conference participants may attend orientation, lectures and workshops. Faculty and featured readers may join participants for lectures. Guests and spouses of participants and faculty are welcome to attend our free public readings.
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