Latino Literary conference at UCSC, Nov. 5-6

The third biennial conference of the Latino Literary Cultures Project will take place at UC Santa Cruz on Friday and Saturday, November 5-6.

Over a dozen novelists, poets, new media writers, and scholars will come together for a weekend of lively readings and panel discussions about creative writing--by and about U.S. Latinas and Latinos, past and present.

Featured fiction writers include the Chicana icon Helena María Viramontes, author of The Moths and Other Stories, Under the Feet of Jesus and Their Dogs Came With Them; Cuban-American novelist and essayist H.G. Carrillo, author of Loosing My Espanish; and Manuel Muñoz, author of two award-winning short story collections and a forthcoming novel.

Readings will take place on Friday and Saturday nights at 5 p.m. in the Merrill Cultural Center, followed by a reception and book signing.

Four panels, on topics ranging from Latinos and the literary marketplace to the influence of visual and sound media on literary forms will also take place Friday 12-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10-4 p.m. in Humanities 1, Room 210.

This conference is co-sponsored by the UC Humanities Research Institute; the Puknat Endowment of the Literature Department; the Chicano/Latino Research Center; the Institute for Humanities Research; and Merrill and Oakes Colleges.

For more information and a detailed schedule visit the the conference web site.