Ecos del Gran Viejo

Latin American Poets Sing Walt Whitman

Ecos del Gran Viejo

A bilingual reading of works by Latin American writers influenced by Whitman

Friday, May 31, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
UCLA Powell Library Rotunda
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Beginning with poet and Cuban patriot, José Martí and ending with Mexican poet and Nobel Prize Laureate, Octavio Paz, Ecos del Gran Viejo is a bilingual reading exploring one of the most important nodes of inter-American literary exchange over the last two centuries: the impact of Walt Whitman, America’s first poet of democracy, on Latin American literary and political consciousness. Like Whitman himself, we ask, “What is it then between us?”

Featuring special appearance by Yalil Guerra, Latin Grammy Award-winning composer and guitarist.

Performance followed by reception with cake on the occasion of Whitman’s 200th birthday. 


Miranda Lore Drayton-Porras
5th Grader, Ge􀄳en Academy at UCLA

Susannah Rodríguez Drissi
PhD, Lecturer, Writing Programs

Marú García
MFA Student, Design Media Arts

Antonio Ginés Collado Gonzáles
PhD Student, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Audrey Harris
PhD, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Norma Mendoza-Denton
PhD, Associate Dean, Graduate Division

Gabriela Venegas
PhD, Lecturer, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Helga Zambrano
PhD Student, Department of Comparative Literature


Co-sponsored by the west coast’s largest celebration of Whitman’s bicentennial. Produced by Drs. Amber West and Susannah Rodríguez Drissi.

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Cost: Free & Open to the Public

Download File: Ecos_del_Gran_Viejo_final-bf-fr5.pdf

Sponsor(s): , Latin American Institute, UCLA Library, UCLA Writing Programs