Marian Miner Cook

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Cries in Spanglish: Writing Across Genres and Languages

Tue, September 26, 2023
Dinner Program
Carribean Fragoza

Writing across genres of prose, specifically fiction and nonfiction, and languages can amplify and enrich our experience the world. As a bilingual writer, raised in an immigrant family, Carribean Fragoza draws from the stories, imagery, and vernacular of the quotidian and popular culture to find new ways of being and writing.This talk will address how she utilizes elements of fantasy, magical realism, and horror to reckon with history and confront ongoing colonization. Her writing is often centered on the body as well as the natural and built environment.

Carribean Fragoza is a fiction and nonfiction writer from South El Monte, CA. Her collection of stories Eat the Mouth That Feeds You was published in 2021 by City Lights and was a finalist for a 2022 PEN Award. Her co-edited compilation of essays, East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte was published by Rutgers University Press and her collection of essays Writing Home: New Terrains of California is forthcoming with Angel City Press. She has published in Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, Zyzzyva, Alta, BOMB, Huizache, KCET, the Los Angeles Review of Books, ArtNews, and Aperture Magazine. She is the Prose Editor at Huizache Magazine and Creative Nonfiction and Poetry Editor at Boom California, a journal of UC Press. Fragoza is the founder and co-director of South El Monte Arts Posse, an interdisciplinary arts collective. She is a 2023 Whiting Literary Award recipient.

Ms. Fragoza's visit to the Athenaeum is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse at CMC.

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