Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Jack Martinez-Arias was invited to participate in the Third Voices for the New Century conference which took place on Sept.14 -15 at Cornell University.
The conference, organized by the Romance Studies Department, presented the work of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx writers and translators of the new generations. It explored issues such as influences and new aesthetic projects, the role of translation in the way Latin American literature is being received, the tension between writing and mass media and new technologies, the reconfiguration of the role of the writer, and possible paths for the narrative and poetry of the coming decades.
In addition to Martinez-Arias, who read his short story Ruins of Midwest, the conference had a very powerful group of writers including National Book Award winner Ishion Hutchinson and translator Jennifer Croft, recent winner of the Man Booker Prize for her translation of Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights. Noted Latin Americanist scholar Andrew Brown also attended.