Project 1521 @ City Lights
Hosted by Josiah Luis Alderete with Gloria Enedina Alvarez, Yago S. Cura, Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, Arminé Ikandossian, Darren J. de Leon, Diana Magaloni, Linda Ravenswood de Montaño, and visual artist Sandy Rodriguez
Project 1521 is a cadre of Southern California poets, scholars, and artists generating literary and visual works as acts of resistance. They will be reading from their collection, “You Will Not Be Forgotten”, the first volume of poetry created by the members of this group, published by Los Angeles-based independent Hinchas de Poesía Press.
Since 2018, Project 1521 has come together quarterly for writers workshops in Sandy Rodriguez’s Mar Vista studio facilitated by various members of the group, immersed in the artists studio with works in progress. The group has performed works at the Pasadena LitFest, Beyond Baroque in 2019 and the exhibition titled You Will Not Be Forgotten at the Charlie James Gallery. Amid the pandemic the group has shared the work with the support of the Fowler Museum and Getty Research Institute.
Current Members of Project 1521 include: – Gloria Enedina Alvarez, a Chicana poet/intermedia artist, playwright, literary translator and curator. – Yago S. Cura , Adult Services Librarian @ Hyde Park for the City of LA Public Library – Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, long-time NPR-affiliate journalist and founder of The Taco Shop Poets – Arminé Ikandossian, author of two volumes of poetry, and Los Angeles Writing Project Fellow – Diana Magaloni, LA County Museum of Art Deputy Director and Curator of the Art of the Ancient Americas. – Darren J de Leon , founder of San Francisco’s Los Delicados and former host and producer of KPFA’s Radio 2050 in Berkeley, CA. – Linda Ravenswood de Montaño, poet and performance artist, founder of The Los Angeles Press. – Sandy Rodriguez, Los Angeles based artist and researcher The collaboration began between artist Sandy Rodriguez and writer Adolfo Guzman-Lopez and was inspired by Indigenous perspectives on the Spanish invasion and the 500 years since the fall of the Aztec Empire in 1521.
Sponsored by the City Lights Foundation