Since 1992 we have held an
annual Poetry Marathon, dedicated to promoting local Hispanic poets, the
love of literature and the spoken word. Participants read from their own (or
favorite, previously published) works. Interpretations by audience members
were interspersed with performances by invited, established poets. The
marathon always included recitations by both adults and young people.
In 2000 we separated the two
components and created a new, Young People’s Poetry Marathon in Spanish.
In 2003-04 we again modified
our poetry marathon, opening it up into a seven-hour Hispanic Poetry
Festival called La Pluma y la Palabra (The Pen and the Word) and moving it
back to Virginia after years in the District of Columbia. We invited
world-renowned poets from throughout the Spanish-speaking world to join
local professional and amateur poets, poetry lovers, dancers and singers to
offer a unique view of Hispanic culture. Concessions were sold in the lobby,
and specialized Hispanic artists and artisans presented exclusive works for
sale. For the first time, poems were translated and dubbed into English, so
non-Spanish-speaking patrons could take part in this distinctive cultural
This year, La Pluma y la
Palabra will be held on Saturday April 2, from 2-8 p.m., and will include
classic, contemporary and new Spanish language poetry interpreted by local
and foreign actors and poets. La Pluma y la Palabra will be held at the
Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA (near the Virginia
Square Metro Stop).
This event is free. Cash
concessions, a silent auction and a book sale will also be available.
This event takes place in
partnership with the Arlington Arts Center.
If you would like to share your own poetry in Spanish with the
audience, or read your favorite poem, please send it via fax 202-291-2357 or
firstname.lastname@example.org before March 15, 2005 (space limited)