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 our focus is “Migration, Detention, Sanctuary.”

All events are free and open to the public. Please check back here for ongoing updates!

FRIDAY November 15
CU Boulder, British and Irish Studies Room, 5th Floor Norlin Library

3:30-5: PANEL: Maria Windell, Jimmy Miranda, and Lilia Soto
5:00 Undocumonologue performance
5:30-6:45: Mónica de la Torre, Wendy Travino, and Veronica Gerber Bicecci

SATURDAY November 16
Counterpath 7935 E. 14th St. Denver

5:30: Undocumonologues performance
6:00: Chris Rosales, Wendy Trevino
6:30: DINNER BREAK (dinner will be brought in)
7:15: Jaime Carrero presentation
7:45: Veronica Gerber Bicecci
8:00: Mónica de la Torre
8:15: round table conversation with responders

Veronica Gerber Bicecci 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.

Jaime Carrejo is a multidisciplinary artist whose projects incorporate painting, sculpture, video, and immersive installations. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, and Hyperallergic. His Denver-based exhibition venues include Denver Art Museum, First Draft Biennial of the Americas, Leon Gallery, and Black Cube. His international exhibition venues include the Mahmoud Darwish Museum (Ramallah, Palestine), and the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing). He chairs the Fine Arts department at the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, and currently serves on RedLine Contemporary Art Center’s exhibition committee.

Jim V. Miranda is currently a PhD candidate whose research and teaching specializes in Latinx and Indigenous studies, narratives of immigration/migration, border studies, critical cartography and spatial narration, and comics and visual culture. His writing has appeared in Latinx Ciné in the Twenty-First Century (University of Arizona Press, 2019), and is forthcoming in Inks: The Journal of the Comics Study Society and in Manifold: Experimental Criticism

Christopher David Rosales’ first novel, Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper, won the Hispanic Scholarship Fund/McNamara Creative Arts Grant, and is a current semifinalist at YesYes Books. His second novel, Gods on the Lam, is out now from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. His third novel, Word is Bone (Broken River Books), won a 2019 International Latino Book Award from Latino Literacy Now.

Lilia Soto is an associate professor of American Studies and Latina/o Studies at the University of Wyoming. Her research and teaching interests are centered at the intersections of gender, age, time, and migration. She is the author of Girlhood in the Borderlands: Mexican Teens Caught in the Crossroads of Migration.

The UndocuAmerica project aims to interrupt the dehumanizing portrayals of immigrants, by encouraging thoughtful engagement on the challenges facing the undocumented community, and the assets immigrants bring to our country.

Maria A. Windell is an assistant professor of English at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she teaches classes on early and ethnic US literatures.