CrossBorder 2019: Migration, Detention, Sanctuary

Please join us for year two of CrossBorder, a collaborative transnational project that interrogates the cultural and artistic questions that develop from LatinX migration. CrossBorder includes leading scholars, artists, and writers from both sides of the Southern border who are creating work that directly deals with migration, both literal and cultural, of LatinX populations. This year we will again have events at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Counterpath, 7935 East 14th Avenue, in Denver.

CrossBorder aims to enable communities to advance commitments to 21st century ideas of hemispheric scholarly and artistic practice. In its first year, the central theme was “The Aesthetics of Migration,” with a two-day series of colloquia, presentations, and panels. This year will have a similar focus, to be announced on this web page in the coming weeks. Featured this year will be, among others, Veronica Gerber Viecci, Monica de la Torre, and Wendy Travino.

All events are free and open to the public. Please check back here and at our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for ongoing updates!

Veronica Gerber Biecci is a visual artist who writes. She has published the books: Mudanza (2010) and Empty Set (Coffee House Press, 2018). In other media, her most recent pieces include: Migrant Words (2017), Art Association, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; The Speakers No. 2 (2016), Museo Amparo, Puebla; and The amplified void (2016), Casa–Taller José Clemente Orozco, Guadalajara. She has participated in interdisciplinary residences at  OMI International Arts Center (US), Ucross Foundation (US), Santa Maddalena (Italy), and the Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee (Switzerland). She obtained a BA in visual arts from the ENPEG, “La Esmeralda” (Mexico’s national school of painting, sculpture, and printmaking), and an MA in art history from the UNAM. In 2013 she was awarded the third Aura Estrada prize for literature and in 2014, she received an honorable mention in Mexico’s national award for essays about photography. Verónica has led workshops on reading images, visual writing, abstract writing, and mural writing in numerous institutions across Mexico, as well as courses in the theory of art and drawing in higher artistic education programs. She is an editor with Tumbona Ediciones, a publishing cooperative with a catalogue that explores the intersections between literature and art, and coordinates the Seminario de Producción Fotográfica (Photographic Production Seminar) at Centro de la Imagen. 

Wendy Trevino was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She lives in San Francisco, where she shares an apartment with her boyfriend, friend & two senior cats. She has published chapbooks with Perfect Lovers Press, Commune Editions and Krupskaya Books. Brazilian no es una raza – a bilingual edition of the chapbook she published with Commune Editions – was published by the feminist Mexican press Enjambre Literario in July 2018. Cruel Fiction is her first book-length collection of poems. Wendy is not an experimental writer.

Poet, translator, and scholar Mónica de la Torre was born and raised in Mexico City. She earned a BA from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and, with the support of a Fulbright scholarship, relocated to New York in 1993 to pursue an MFA and a PhD in Spanish literature at Columbia University. With dark humor, de la Torre’s poems explore our constructions of identity and trajectory. Her full-length poetry collections include Public Domain(2008), Talk Shows (2007). She has also published the chapbooks Four(Switchback) and The Happy End (Song Cave). With artist Terence Gower, she co-authored the art book Appendices, Illustrations and Notes (1999). She frequently collaborates with artists and writers, as with Collective Task. Taller de Taquimecanografía, published in Mexico City, is the result of another collaboration. She contributed to Predictions (2009), a study of indeterminacy, and to the conceptual critical work Laureana Toledo: The Limit (2008). De la Torre coedited, with Michael Wiegers, the bilingual anthology Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry (2002). Her translations from Spanish include Lila Zemborain’s Mauve Sea-Orchids (2007, co-translated with Rosa Alcalá) and Poems by Gerardo Deniz (2000), which she also edited. De la Torre’s honors include a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. She has edited BOMB Magazine and the Brooklyn Rail. She lives in Brooklyn.