Poetry, Reading, The Slaw Podcast

Ep. 45 – Latinx & Proud! celebrates one-year anniversary this October

Karla Lamb speaks about the series and her own identity as a self-labeled Chicana and Latinx poet.

Karla Lamb

Karla Lamb is a poet, the senior programming director at City of Asylum, and the founder of Latinx & Proud!, a literary series whose mission is to โ€œincite conversation, empower, and amplify the Latinx community in Pittsburgh.โ€ In this episode, Lamb speaks about identity and she shares the story of her own experiences as a self-labeled Chicana and Latinx poet, including having her work translated for the first time. She talks about finding a local community through the series and working with writers Adriana Ramรญrez, Malcolm Friend, Eloisa Amezcua, and M. Soledad Caballero to curate a vibrant lineup of readers from all over the country.

Oct. 27 celebrates one year of the Latinx & Proud! reading series; in anticipation of that anniversary event, Lamb shares what has made her most proud so far and what she hopes to accomplish.

Flyer from last yearโ€™s first Latinx & Proud! event

For all the details on the Latinx & Proud! one-year anniversary event

Make sure to check City of Asylumโ€™s website and Instagram for details as October approaches. Plus, you can follow Karla on Instagram.

Whatโ€™s a poet laureate?

In this episode, Lamb also explains the โ€œAll Pittsburghers are Poetsโ€ initiative recently launched by City of Asylum and what exactly a poet laureate is. Itโ€™s essentially a fancy title that really is just โ€œa position of honor and service given to a poet that has demonstrated commitment to poetry through readings and publications as well as civic duties and interests in connecting the community.โ€ City of Asylum recently named the first poet laureate of Allegheny County (Celeste Gainey), as well as an emerging poet laureate (Paloma Sierra), an American Sign Language poet laureate (Maryjean Shahen), and a youth poet laureate (Vincent Folkes). In addition to all these awards, City of Asylum is publishing one poem a week as part of the initiative.

Lagerlands

ICYMI: a socially distant, pop-up beer garden is now open in the South Side. Lagerlands is a four-way collaboration between Hop Culture magazine, Cinderlands Beer Co., Burghโ€™ers Brewing, and De Fer Coffee and Tea. Located right off the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Lagerlands runs through October. Reservations are required.

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This episode was hosted by Aadam Soorma, recorded remotely, engineered and edited by Epicast Studios.

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