Natalie Scenters-Zapico is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A., and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Her poems have appeared in a wide range of anthologies and literary magazines including Best American Poetry 2015, POETRY,Tin House, Kenyon Review, and more. Currently, she holds fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and CantoMundo. Scenters-Zapico is a Professor of Literature at Bennington College and a recipient of the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. In Fall 2019, she will be joining the faculty at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
Poetry Reading: Richard Blanco and Natalie Scenters-Zapico, PEN American Immigration Track
Richard Blanco’s How to Love a Country is a new collection from the renowned inaugural poet exploring immigration, gun violence, racism, LGBTQ issues, and more, in accessible and emotive verses. In her striking second collection, Lima::Limon, Natalie Scenters-Zapico sets her unflinching gaze once again on the borders of things. Join these two poets as they read from their new works.
Professor Karen Stolley, who came to Emory in 1992, received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Yale University and her B.A. in Spanish and French, summa cum laude, from Middlebury College. She spent a year as a Rotary Fellow in Tucumán, Argentina and received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Prior to coming to Emory, Professor Stolley taught at Vassar College; she has also taught at the Middlebury Summer Spanish Language School and as visiting faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. At Emory Professor Stolley teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in colonial and eighteenth-century Spanish American and transatlantic literary and cultural studies; she is also a member of the graduate faculty in History.
Lima :: Limón
Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s second poetry collection is a lyrical exploration of the intersection between gender roles and desire on the U.S.-México border. Set within the liminal geography of the poet’s hometowns of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and El Paso, Texas, Lima :: Limon fiercely questions machismo and marianismo, cultural norms that give way to gender violence and a blind eye turned to femicide. Drawing imagery and characters from songs commonly played in households along the border, Scenters-Zapico considers with fairy-tale strangeness how women live through violence to create a culture of their own, inside and outside of the domestic.