Author and performer Josefina Baez will give a reading from recent works followed by an open dialogue on her creative process on Wednesday, February 12 at 5 pm. This event is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program with co-sponsorship from the Office of the Dean of Faculty, Hispanic Studies Department, Drama Department, Poder Latin@ and the ALANA Center. The event will be held in the Sanders Classroom Spitzer Auditorium (room 212) and is free and open to the public.
Baez is a storyteller, performer, writer, theatre director, educator and founder of Ay Ombe Theatre in New York City. At Vassar, she will read from Comrade, Bliss ain't playing (2011) and Levente no. Yolayorkdominicanyork (2011), her most recent works. Baez has been involved with numerous theater festivals and travels extensively conducting Ay Ombe workshops.
Pultizer-prize winning author Junot Díaz said of her, "Josefina Báez has been breaking open hearts and re-ordering minds for more years than I care to count. She is one of North America's finest artists and she is, without question, one of my favorite writers. She is a sword bathed in flame, she's a marvel. Levente no.Yolayorkdominicanyork is her finest work yet."
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