Upcoming Abril para la palabra

Abril para la palabra is a cultural event committed to promote the magic of words, in Spanish and English, among our students starting in 2017, in person or virtually.

Abril para la palabra has hosted very important writers reading their poetic work, translated by students from our Department of Spanish and Portuguese. These activities had taken place thanks to the Ricardo Aguilar Melantzón translation workshop, lead by independent scholar and poet, Héctor Contreras López who has collaborated with the Department as a volunteer.

We have had great readings by writers outside and inside our Department, among them Renny Golden, Demetria Martínez, David Wilde (†) Eleuterio Santiago Díaz, Paulo Dutra, Ana Gabriela Hernández and many others.


Abril para la palabra 2023: 8th Edition 

Angels in the Land of the Enchantment

April 20-21,2023

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Abril para la palabra 2023 includes plenty of great poetry readings, literary talks, book presentations and much more by our special guests: Carmen Amato, Lilly Blake, Susana Flores, Dinorah Gutiérrez Aldana, Margarita Muñoz Villarreal, Ruby Myers, Virginia Ordóñez, Vielka Solano, Lilvia Soto and Sylvia Vergara. Ten talented women poets from Mexico and USA whose meeting in 2023 will be a reunion of Angels in the Land of the Enchanment.

Special thanks to the English Department for its support for this event.

See the program, come and enjoy “the magic of words.”


Thursday, April 20th:


Acercamiento a la literatura femenina joven en Chihuahua

Margarita Muñoz (Spanish)

Ortega Hall 124 Lab 1, 2:00pm


The Whole Earth Heathy Hygiene Manual

Sylvia Vergara (English)

Ortega Hall 124 Lab 1, 2:30pm


Presenting the Beok: Lies of an Indispensable Nation by Lilvia Soto with Dr. Paulo Dutra and Héctor Contreras

Ortega Hall 335, 5:00pm

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Tertulia poético-musical with 10 poets from Mexico and USA

Ortega Hall 335, 6:00-8:30pm

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Friday, April 21st:


War Poetry: Who writes it? Who reads it?

Lilvia Soto (English)

HUM 108, 12:00-12:50pm

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Querencias: Abril para la palabra Panel 1

(Poetry Reading in Spanish)

Ortega Hall 335, 1:00-2:00pm


Querencias: Abril para la palabra Panel 2

(Poetry Reading in Spanish)

Ortega Hall 335, 2:00-3:00pm


Please email any questions to Prof. Carmen Julia Holguín Chaparro cjhch@unm.edu or Prof. Melina Vizcaino-Aleman mviz@unm.edu