Rethinking Home in an Age of Migration to be discussed at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2017-10-17 13:49:01 - General

Three distinguished writers, who are in residence this semester at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, will address questions of home and identity when home is in more than one place in an upcoming presentation at Coe College. "Rethinking Home in an Age of Migration" will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 25, beginning at 4 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. The event is open to the public at no charge.

What happens when allegiances multiply, and the rift between the biographical and writing self widens? What is to be learned from the betweenness that mobility and migration create? These questions and more will be discussed by the speakers during this presentation.

The speakers are Vladimir Martinovski (fiction writer, poet, critic and translator from Macedonia), Antoinette Tidjani Alou (fiction writer, poet, translator and scholar from Niger), and Xavier Villanova (playwright, screenwriter, stage director, actor and translator from Mexico).

Martinovski teaches comparative poetics at Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, and is the secretary of the Macedonian PEN Center. The author of 10 poetry collections and many volumes of literary criticism and theory, he has received awards for poetry at the International Struga Poetry Evenings and for literary criticism.

Tidjani Alou teaches literature and directs the Program of Performing Arts at Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey. She has been the president of the International Society for Oral Literatures of Africa, and a collaborator on the "Women Writing Africa" project. Her first work, "On m'appelle Nina," retraces the exilic experiences of a woman who leaves Jamaica for France, then Niger. A short story collection, a volume of poetry and a memoir are forthcoming.

Villanova has had his work staged in Mexico, the U.S., and Venezuela. In 2011, the Lark Play Development Center in New York workshopped his "Acheron: The River of Tragedy." Ocean Blues, co-written by him and based on his eponymous play, is on Netflix. In 2010, he won the National Playwright Award given by the UANL, and received a grant from the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas. He teaches theatre history at Universidad de la Comunicación in Mexico City.

The event is sponsored by the Julie Ritter Streib Fund and the Coe Spanish program. For more information on the program, call 319-399-8605.

Vladimir Martinovski
Vladimir Martinovski
Antoinette Tidjani Alou
Antoinette Tidjani Alou
Xavier Villanova
Xavier Villanova