Trinity will host the fourth annual Arturo Madrid Symposium in Latin@ Art, featuring Texas Chicano writer and poet Tino Villanueva, Ph.D. This virtual event will be live-streamed on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., via Zoom.
Villanueva, who is this year’s keynote speaker, discovered the power of language through the poetry of Ruben Darío and José Martí during his military service on the Panama Canal. He subsequently expanded his knowledge and appreciation of both English and Spanish language poetry while a student at Texas State University and at The State University of New York at Buffalo. Written masterfully in both Spanish and English, Villanueva’s first published collection of poetry, Hay Otra Voz, draws on both poetic traditions.
In Hay Otra Voz and his subsequent poetry collections, Shaking off the Dark, Crónica de Mis Peores Años, and Primera Causa, Villanueva gave voice to the world, the life experience, and the cultural expression of his Tejano community. In doing so he established himself as one of the outstanding poets to emerge out of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 70s. His book-length poem, “Scene from the Movie GIANT,” which was awarded the 1994 American Book Award for Poetry, established him in the first ranks of American poets.
Villanueva is also the editor and author of a pioneering anthology and study: Chicanos: Antología Histórica y Literaria. He is the founder of Imagine Publishers and the founding editor of Imagine: International Chicano Poetry Journal. Texas State University has honored him with both a Distinguished Alumnus Award (1995) and a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award (2015).
The event, which is free and open to the public, will focus on art, music, theater, and creative writers. Information on other symposium presenters and registration is available at events.trinity.edu.
Started in 2017, the Madrid Lecture in Latin@ Arts, named after Professor Emeritus Arturo Madrid, has previously highlighted Chicana artists, Latina Poetry Across the Americas, and Chicana Teatristas.
The Madrid Lecture on Latin@ Arts is a vibrant example of the way Trinity University connects San Antonio and the world through deep conversations and cultural experiences.The lecture is sponsored by the Belo Corporation's Board of Trustees in honor of Arturo Madrid, the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities (1993-2017), who served on the Board of Trustees; the fund has since been augmented via contributions from Antonia I. Castañeda and Arturo Madrid; and by Trinity’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Mexico, the Americas, and Spain Program.