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Join us for a bilingual reading from new translations (edited by Ilan Stavans) of the collected odes of Nobel Laureate poet Pablo Neruda, who penned verses to lemons and watermelons, to autumn and the eye, to hope and the elephant, to the dictionary and the book. Gathered for the first time in any language, All the Odes celebrates the translations of a world-renowned poet who sings to life itself.


Olga Garc’a Echeverr’a

Olga Garc’a Echeverr’a was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. She has a BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. For the past fifteen years, she has worked with a wide variety of students, teaching English, ESL, Composition, Literature, Creative Writing and Civics. Her first book, Falling Angels: Cuentos y Poemas, was published in 2008 by Calaca Press and Chibcha Press. She currently lives, teaches, writes and shape-shifts in Los Angeles.


Francisco Letelier

Francisco Letelier is an artist and writer born in Chile whose work. crosses disciplines and cultures while building bridges between nations, individuals and communities. Letelier was the recipient of the 2012 Siqueiros Award by The Social and Public Art Resource Center.


Marisela Norte

Marisela Norte is the recipient of the Ben Reitman award from San Diego State University for Peeping Tom Tom Girl, a collection of poetry and prose. Her poems featured on MTA buses in the OUT YOUR WINDOW project were recently selected among the ten best transit poems in the world by the Atlantic. Norte continues to document life in Los Angeles in words and through photography via public transportation.


David Shook

David Shook studied endangered languages in Oklahoma and poetry at Oxford. His debut poetry collection, Our Obsidian Tongues, explores the multiplicity of voices that inhabit Mexico City. His many translations include Roberto Bola–o’s Infrarealist manifesto, Mario Bellatin’s novellas, and VÌÄå_ctor TerÌÄåÁn’s poetry from the Isthmus Zapotec. He served as Translator in Residence for the Poetry Parnassus, where he premiered his poetry documentary Kil—metro Cero, covertly filmed in Equatorial Guinea. Shook grew up in Mexico City, but now lives in Los Angeles, where he edits Molossus and Phoneme Books.


Gerardo Morales

Gerardo Morales is a guitarist, percussionist, songwriter, and producer who performs throughout the United States, Spain, and Latin America. An East Los Angeles native, Morales began his musical training by studying caj—n and Latin percussion, the rhythms of flamenco, and later received his B.F.A. in classical guitar from the Conservatorio Profesional de MÌÄå¼sica Crist—bal de Morales in Sevilla, Spain before continuing his education at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. In 2012, he released his first album, Morales.Lara’s Dreaming Awake, and has worked on several films, including Toy Story 3, Little Fockers, and Think Like a Man.

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