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The poetry of Pandemia addresses the ongoing border crisis, the global pandemic and the racism and police brutality that have dominated headlines in 2020. Vidaurre simultaneously voices the pain these struggles bring while offering "dreams, hope, [and] love" as navigating forces through challenging times, according to a release from the publisher.
The virtual event will also celebrate Aztlan Libre's 10th anniversary. The venture published its first book, Tunaluna by alurista, in 2010.
Pandemia is Viduarre's seventh published poetry collection and his first with Aztlan Libre. Along with being a published poet and writer, Viduarre is editor-in-chief and publisher of FlowerSong Press, a McAllen-based small press that seeks to amplify voices and stories from the borderlands.
The topics tackled by Viduarre aren't uncharted territory for Aztlan Libre, whose focus is the publication and promotion of Xicanx literature, poetry and art. Recent publications include Amalia Ortiz's hybrid manuscript, a multidimensional anti-capitalist and anti-colonial story from the perspective of a refugee, and Bárbara Renaud González's collection of works exploring the commodification of Tex-Mex culture in San Antonio.
The virtual launch will stream live on the Aztlan Libre Facebook page from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. It's free to attend.
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