Poet, scholar Monica de La Torre to present on campus twice this week

Monica de La TorreThe Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Poetics Working Group are sponsoring two presentations by poet and scholar Monica de la Torre this week.

De la Torre will give a lecture on Latin American poetry in the United States on Thursday, Oct. 24, and a bilingual poetry reading on Friday, Oct. 25.

Both events will take place in Kelvin Smith Library first floor, by the Art Gallery and Cramelot Café at 4:30 p.m.

De la Torre’s presentation will address the connections of Latin American poetry with today’s American poetry scene.

Born and raised in Mexico, de la Torre earned a bachelor’s degree from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and, with the support of a Fulbright Scholarship, relocated to New York in 1993 to pursue an Master of Fine Arts degree and a post-graduate degree in Spanish literature at Columbia University.

Her poetry books include Public Domain (2008), Talk Shows (2007) and Acúfenos (2006). With artist Terence Gower, she co-authored the art book Appendices, Illustrations and Notes (1999). She contributed to Predictions (2009), a study of indeterminacy, and to the conceptual critical work Laureana Toledo: The Limit (2008).