Catalina Maria Johnson will explore ‘Latin Hip Hop as a New Poetry’ on February 10

On Thursday, February 10, the West Chicago Public Library will host Catalina Maria Johnson, Ph.D., Illinois Humanities Road Fellow, journalist and host and producer of the radio show Beat Latino, for “Latin Hip Hop as a New Poetry, “a musical, informative and interactive program.

Latin hip-hop artists are advancing their country’s poetic traditions in unique ways.

Ana Tijoux from Chile grew up with protest songs and Pablo Neruda; A resident of Calle 13, Puerto Rico spits out rhymes as carefully crafted as any poet’s; Niña Dioz from Mexico reads dictionaries to find the exact words that match her ideas and rhymes; Xiutehzcatl from Boulder, Colorado rhymes in three languages: Spanish, English and the ancient native language Nahuatlan.

Nevertheless, academia and poetic circles surprisingly did not embrace and celebrate these artists as poets.

This program, with video and lyrical examples, will make the case for hip-hop as new poetry with a focus on Latinos in the United States and the Americas.

The presentation, accompanied by slides and a rich set of music videos, is lively, light and fun, and focused on participation, discussion and musical enjoyment.

The program will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom.

You can register for this free program by using the West Chicago Public Library’s online events calendar at wcpld.info or by calling Adult Services at (630) 231-1552.

If you have any questions, contact Sara Lock at [email protected]

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