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Visiting author to explore multiculturalism and gender

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Poet Dr. Xánath Caraza (seated) was named number one in the 2013 Top 10 "New" Latino Authors to Watch (and read) by LatinoStories.com.

The Gender Studies Council and the Department of Spanish at the University of North Georgia (UNG) will present award-winning poet and author Dr. Xánath Caraza on Oct. 7-8 at "Exploring Linguistic Diversity among Latinas."

The event is part of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Caraza will present a trilingual reading from her books "Sílabas de viento" (Syllables of Wind) and "Conjuro" in Spanish, English and Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. The presentation will also discuss multiculturalism and gender.

"For students at UNG, having the benefit to experience poetry not just through reading it, but by hearing it from the original author, makes poetry come alive. Many of my poems are performance pieces that become tridimensional on the stage," Caraza said. "As a female Chicana/Latina poet, I also love to share with students that dreams come true, one by one, with discipline, creativity and especially a lot of heart. I'm looking forward to this opportunity to share poetry, culture, and heart with the students of UNG."

The readings will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Library Technology Center room 382 on the Dahlonega Campus and at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in Nesbitt Building 3110 A on the Gainesville Campus.

"We all come from diverse backgrounds but at the same time we are somehow connected through similar experiences. Listening to Caraza will give us an ample perspective and it will make us appreciate our roots, multiculturalism, languages and identities," said Dr. Alvaro Torres-Calderon, associate professor of Spanish at UNG.

Originally from Xalapa in Veracruz, Mexico, Caraza has lived in Vermont and Kansas City. She has a Master of Arts in romance languages, and lectures in foreign languages and literatures at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Caraza was a finalist in the "Fiction: Multicultural" category of the 2013 International Book Awards. "Conjuro" was awarded second place in the Best Poetry Book in Spanish category and received honorable mention in the Best First Book in Spanish, Mariposa Award category of the 2013 International Latino Book Awards. Caraza was named number one in the 2013 Top 10 "New" Latino Authors to Watch (and read) by LatinoStories.com.

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