Friday, October 28, 2005

Catalyst presents: Carmen Tafolla


Continuing our ongoing commitment to bringing international poets & writers to Christchurch, Catalyst is proud to present the only Christchurch performance of a dramatic one woman theatrical show by internationally renowned Mexican-American writer Dr. Carmen Tafolla.

Thursday 10th November, 7pm
Creation - 105 Worcester Street, (behind The Press building, Cathedral Square)
Price: TBA please contact Creation 03 366 4009

Called by Roots author Alex Haley "a world-class writer," she is the author of five books of poetry, one volume of non-fiction, seven screenplays, and numerous short stories, articles and children's works. Many of her works, she says, are dictated by ancestors "whispering over my shoulder." Her book of poetry, Sonnets to Human Beings, received the First Prize in the Poetry Division of the UCI National Literary Competition. She has most recently been awarded the Art of Peace Award by the President's Peace Commission of St. Mary's University for "writing which contributes to peace, justice and human understanding." Dr. Tafolla is visiting Aotearoa/New Zealand for the Wellington International Poetry Festival Nov. 3-6. We are hosting this one-off performance for the South Island. For more information on her career please visit her website

a dramatic medley of voices from Mexamerica, both poignant and funny, voices ranging from the young child on her first day of school to a black woman janitor to an elderly Mexican-American veteran of World War II. Tafolla will make you laugh and cry and celebrate and dream of a world where we all wear our names and identities proudly. This one-woman show has been presented throughout Europe and the US, Canada and Mexico.

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