CSUSB Professor to Explore 19th Century Poetry by Latinas at Yotie Talk Event

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Vanessa Ovalle Perez, Cal State San Bernardino assistant professor of English, will explore the political, social and literary impact of poetry by Latinas in California Spanish-language newspapers during the 19th century at Cal State San Bernardino’s Yotie Talk event.

The talk, titled “Latinas in the American West,” will take place Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the John M. Pfau Library Multimedia Center (PL-5005) at noon. The talk, which is presented by CSUSB’s University Diversity Committee, is free and open to the public. Parking at CSUSB is $6.

During the talk, Perez, who recently earned a doctorate in comparative literature and graduate certificate in gender studies from USC, will specifically focus on poetry to show how innovation in verse became a means for Latinas to dream of new ways of social being.

Perez teaches courses on poetry and Latinx literature at CSUSB. She also teaches a Prison Education Project course on writing by incarcerated authors at the California Rehabilitation Center, in collaboration with CSUSB interns and Alexandra Cavallaro, CSUSB English assistant professor who directs the university’s Center for the Study of Correctional Education.

Perez is currently working on a book project examining poetry published by Latinas in Spanish-language newspapers of Alta California in the period after the Mexican-American War.

Her article, “Toasting México in the American West: Brindis Poems and Political Loyalties of Women’s Mexican Patriotic Clubs,” is available in Letras Femeninas and her podcast on the topic of Latina dedication poetry is available on the C19 Podcast via Soundcloud.

For more information, contact Robie Madrigal, Pfau Library, at rmadriga@csusd.edu or (909) 537-5104.

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