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A Stetson University's MFA of the Americas Reading with Veronica Gonzalez Peña, Cyriaco Lopes, Urayoán Noel, Jena Osman and Terri Witek

Veronica Gonzalez Peña is a writer and filmmaker. In 2006 she founded rockypoint Press, a series of artist/writer collaborative prints, books, and films. Her first novel, twin time: or how death befell me, was published by semiotext(e) and was awarded the 2008 Aztlan Literary Prize. Lynne Tillman calls her second novel, The Sad Passions (semiotext(e), 2013), “honest and riveting," and Francisco Goldman hailed it "a beautiful and moving choral tale of isolation, love, damage, and intimate struggles." Veronica’s book/pamphlet, So Far From God, on the Mexican Drug War was included as part of the semiotext(e) exhibition in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Her latest film Pat Steir: Artist premiered at Lincoln Center in January as part of the Jewish Film Festival. The New York Times says of the film that it is intimate and ruminative.

Cyriaco Lopes has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, the Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP), El Museo del Barrio in NYC, the Centre Wallonie Bruxelles in Paris, Casa Degli Artisti in Milan, among other international venues. His work has been curated by artists such as Lygia Pape, Janine Antoni, and Luciano Fabro, as well as by art critics such as Paulo Herkenhoff and Adriano Pedrosa.  He is the winner of the NYC World Studio Foundation Award, the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis Project Award, and the São Paulo Phillips Prize. His performances in collaboration with poet Terri Witek have been seen at the National Academy in Lisbon, Portugal, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Salford Museum, in Manchester, England, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL. In 2017 the duo Lopes-Witek had a large solo show at the Oi Futuro Center for Art & Technology in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lopes is an associate professor of photography and deputy chair of the Art & Music department at John Jay College/the City University of New York. He also teaches in the Stetson University low residency M.F.A. of the Americas in Poetry in the Expanded Field.

Urayoán Noel is a Bronx-based creative-critical writer, performer, translator, and intermedia artist originally from Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. He is the author of the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press) and seven books of poetry, most recently Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (University of Arizona Press). His translations include Architecture of Dispersed Life: Selected Poetry by Pablo de Rokha (Shearsman Books) and No Budu Please by Wingston González (Ugly Duckling Presse). Forthcoming with Catafixia Editorial in Guatemala is a book of his selected poetry (1999-2019), edited by José Miguel Curet. Noel is an associate professor of English and Spanish at New York University and also teaches at Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas. He sometimes vlogs poetry at https://www.wokitokiteki.com/.

Jena Osman's latest book is Motion Studies from Ugly Duckling Presse. Other books include Corporate Relations, Public Figures, and The Network. She teaches at Temple University and the MFA of the Americas.

Terri Witek is the author of 6 books of poems, most recently The Rape Kit, winner of the 2017 Slope Editions Prize, judged by Dawn Lundy Martin. Her poetry often traces the breakages between words and images, and she has collaborated with Brazilian visual artist Cyriaco Lopes (cyriacolopes.com) since 2005. Their works together include museum and gallery shows, performance and site-specific projects featured internationally in New York, Seoul, Miami, Lisbon, and Rio de Janeiro. Witek holds the Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing at Stetson University, and with Lopes teaches Poetry in the Expanded Field in Stetson’s low-residency MFA of the Americas.   terriwitek.com