Upcoming Abril para la palabra

Abril para la palabra is a cultural event committed to promote the magic of Spanish and English words among our students since 2017. It can be held in-person or virtually.


Abril para la palabra has hosted very influential writers reading their poetic work, translated by students from our Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UNM. Several of these activities took place thanks to the Ricardo Aguilar Melantzón translation workshop. This workshop was led by independent scholar and poet, Héctor Contreras López, who collaborated with the Department as a volunteer.


We have had exemplary readings by writers outside and inside our Department, including 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, Dinorah Gutiérrez Andana, Ana Gabriela Hernandez, Margarita Muñoz Villarreal, Ruby Myers, Virginia Ordóñez, Vielka Solano, Lilvia Soto and Sylvia Vergara. The meeting in 2023 will be an Angels in the Land of Enchantment reunion for ten talented women poets from Mexico and the USA.

Special thanks to the English Department for supporting 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 Healthy Hygiene Manual

Sylvia Vergara (English)

Ortega Hall 124 Lab 1, 2:30pm


Book Presentation: 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.