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Celebration of Thirty Talks Weird Love by Alessandra Narváez Varela

If you were able to travel back in time, and find your 13 year old self, what would you tell them? Would they listen? Thirty Talks Weird Love, a novel written in poetic verse by UTEP Alumna, beloved Lecturer, y escritora fronteriza Alessandra Narváez Varela, explores these questions through time & memory. 


You’re invited to a Celebration of Thirty Talks Weird Love for a Bilingual Reading & Concrete Poetry Workshop Wednesday January 26th at 12-1:20 PM in the Union (University Suite 312) hosted by UTEP’s Department of Creative Writing. 


Concrete poetry—whereby words form outlines of recognizable shapes—is just one of the poetic forms featured in Thirty Talks Weird Love. These poems are among the author’s favorites for they let her “inner niña” thrive while revising Thirty and living through the pandemic in the chaotic summer of 2020. Thus, after the reading, attendants will write their own concrete poems—on paper or on free-standing or deconstructed cardboard boxes—and invite play back into their writing.

Masks encouraged. Writers take care of writers. Copies of Thirty Talks Weird Love will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 12:00 PM to 1:20 PM

Union Building, 312 University Suite

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