Caridad Moro-Gronlier

Zen and the Art of LGBTQ Poetry

Date:
Add to Calendar 2021-04-19 19:00:00 2021-04-19 19:00:00 Zen and the Art of LGBTQ Poetry Broadcasting Live The Betsy [email protected] America/New_York public
Time:
7PM - 8PM
Location:
Broadcasting Live
Book release and poetry reading.

Event Details

The word tortillera means lesbian in Español. The moniker is familiar to most Spanish speaking cultures, but especially particular to the Cuban experience. In most Cuban-American households to be called a tortillera (whether one is one or not) is the gravest of insults, the basest of adjectives, a cat call that whips through the air like a lash whose only intention is to wound, to scar. Many a first-generation, Cubanita (the ones who are into other girls, anyway) has suffered, denied, wailed over the loaded term, but in Caridad Moro-Gronlier’s debut collection, Tortillera, she not only applies the term to herself, she owns it, drapes it over her shoulders and heralds her truth through candid, unflinching poems that address the queer experience of coming out while Cuban.

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