Local poet Nela Rio has been selected invited to recite her work in Washington. She will read at the Smithsonian Latino Centre in Washington at an important event entitled “Argentina at the Smithsonian 2010.” This event was organized in collaboration with the Secretariat of Culture of the Nation of Argentina, the Embassy of Argentina in Washington, DC, and other Smithsonian museums and cultural organizations in Washington, DC, New York City, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rio is the only Canada-based poet to attend. She will read from her recently released book entitled /La luna, tango, siempre la luna / The Moon, Tango, Always the Moon/ published this year by Fredericton’s Broken Jaw Press.
On December 2, 2010, the Smithsonian Latino Center will partner with the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Embassy of Argentina in the United States, as part of the series Argentina at the Smithsonian 2010, to present a program called /Poetas Argentinos en Estados Unidos y Canadá: Celebrando las Raíces (Argentean Poets in the US and Canada: Celebrating the Roots) which will take place from 7pm-8:30 pm in the Lerner Room of the museum. This includes “an evening of spoken word by some of the most eminent Argentinean poets, authors, and literary critics living in the United States and Canada.”
Local poet, writer, artist and academic, Nela Rio has been active in Fredericton since 1970, and, among other things is President of the Creative Registry of the Canadian Asociation of Hispanists, Director of the Fredericton Chapter of the Ibero-American Academy of Poetry, a Member of the League of Canadian Poets, and a member of the Writers Federation of New Brunswick.
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