Hear from the author of Field Notes from Borderlands

The word "empathy" written on the southern border wall

Join Latin American Studies for a reading in English and Spanglish by author, artist and academic Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez from his current book-in-progress, Field Notes from Borderlands. Vaquera-Vásquez is an associate professor of Hispanic Southwest literature and creative writing in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico and is a recognized author of short stories and other literature as well as an artist and broadcaster. His recent publications include anthologies in Spain, Italy, Latin America and the United States and include Relatos sobre la corrupción social (2012), En la frontera: i migliori raconti della letteratura chicana (2008), Pequeñas resistencias 4 (2005), Se habla español (2000), and Líneas aéreas (1998). Vaquera-Vásquez has also published in literary journals such as Make Literary Magazine, Etiqueta Negra, Los noveles, Paralelo Sur, Revista 0, Camino Real and Ventana abierta. 

Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez standing in front of a red wall with graffiti that reads "on a journey"“Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez is a perfect example of those Hispanic writers in the United States who are unknown because they write in Spanish,” said Cornell Professor of Latin American Literature Edmundo Paz-Soldán. “Their tales speak of people trapped between two worlds, between the North and the South, caught and not being able to connect with anyone. They are searching for something that is unobtainable. Other times these characters seem to discover a sense of freedom at these crossroads as if they were lifting up the anchor, as if this journey, this nomadic existence, were the essential human condition.”  

This presentation was made possible by sponsorship from the Department of Global Languages and Cultures and the College of Arts and Letters.  

  • When: 4 p.m. Oct. 13 
  • Where: Liberal Arts (18), room 120 
  • This event is free and open to the public. 


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