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Borderbus: Community Conversation

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019,
6:30pm - 9pm


Join U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Santa Cruz book artist Felicia Rice in an open conversation about the roles poetry and art can play when discussing important issues such as immigration, belonging, and home.

Herrera and Rice will be joined in this community conversation by local advocates working on social justice and immigration issues, including local filmmaker Brenda Avila-Hanna. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to a collaborative artwork collecting community stories.

The conversation will be facilitated by UC Santa Cruz Literature professor Kirsten Silva Gruesz.

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Book Artist

Felicia Rice

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U.S. Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera

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Borderbus is a new book project created by Rice in collaboration with Herrera. Herrera’s poem by the same name, which forms the foundation for Rice’s work, features a whispered conversation between two women held at the border between Mexico and the United States on an ICE bus. Rice, whose works build bridges between art forms, cultures, artists/audiences, and technologies, collaborates with visual artists, performing artists, and writers to create book structures in which word and image meet and merge.

Sponsored by: UC Santa Cruz University Library, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Moving Parts Press, The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz, and the following UC Santa Cruz partners: Research Center for the Americas, Oakes College, and the Department of Latin America & Latino Studies.

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