reading series

March 6, 2008


The Enclave is pleased to announce that on Saturday March 29th we will celebrate our 1 year anniversary with a reading featuring Cafe Nueva York members Carmen Boullosa, Naief Yehya, Eduardo Mitre & Jose Manuel Prieto followed by a musical performance by the psychedelic electro band The Hot Magic. The reading will occur at Kenny’s Castaways (157 Bleecker Street) at 3:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Drink specials will be available throughout the event in conjunction with our celebration. Please see the writers’ bios below:

Carmen Boullosa is one of México's leading novelists, poets and playwrights. She has won several literary awards including the Anna Seghers in Berlin, the Liberatur in Frankfurt and the prestigious Premio Xavier Villaurrutia in Mexico. Boullosa has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the New York Public Library´s Center for Scholars and Writers and a Distinguished Visitor at Columbia University and Georgetown University, among others. She has published twelve novels, among them La otra mano de Lepanto (published by Siruela, in Spain, and by Fondo de Cultura Económica, in Mexico). Her latest book, The Perfect Novel (a science-fiction novel set in Brooklyn), was published this year by Alfaguara in Mexico. Along with Salman Rushdie, in 2000 she founded the Mexico City House for Persecuted Writers in Mexico City. She is currently a Distinguished Lecturer at City College, New York.

Naief Yehya was born in Mexico City. A novelist, journalist and cultural critic, Yehya has written for numerous magazines and newspapers in Mexico and published several works of fiction and nonfiction such as the novel Obras sanitarias (Sanitary Works, 1992), The Transformed Body. Cyborgs and our Technological Heritage in the Real World and Science Fiction (2001), War and Propaganda: Mass Media and the Myth of War in the US (2003), and, Pornografía: sexo mediatizado y pánico moral (Pornography: Mediated Sex and Moral Panic (2004). He has lived in Brooklyn since 1992.

Eduardo Mitre, a poet born in Bolivia, has published his books of poetry, Morada, Mirabilia, Desde tu cuerpo, Razón ardiente, Ferviente humo, Elegía a una muchacha y Línea de otoño, among others, in some of the most renowned Spanish poetry houses (Visor, Pretextos, Vuelta). He is also author of several books on Latin American poetry, among them Huidobro, hambre de espacio y sed de cielo. His most recent book is El paraguas de Manhattan (Manhattan´s Umbrella). He has been a professor at Columbia University, Dartmouth College and Universidad Católica Boliviana. Currently he teaches at St. John's University.

José Manuel Prieto was born in Havana, Cuba. He is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction including the international acclaimed Livadia (which was published in English in 2001 as Nocturnal Butterflies of the Russian Empire), Enciclopedia de una vida en Rusia, El Tartamudo y la rusa (short stories), and most recently Rex(a novel), among others. Prieto’s work has been translated to many languages with an exceptional critical reception. He has been a Fellow at The New York Public Library's Center for Scholars and Writers and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Prieto has taught at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE) in Mexico City and is currently a Visiting Professor at Cornell University.

The Hot Magic is a psychedelic electro band from Baltimore Maryland. Their website is:

Cafe Nueva York is a collective of writers who live in New York and produce literary works in Spanish. Part of a lengthy tradition of Spanish speaking New Yorkers, notably including Lorca and Marti, they aim to resurrect this rich cultural heritage and enhance the visibility of the flourishing Spanish literary movement of the present through establishing an ambience of critical sociability like that found in the literary coffee-houses characteristic of Spanish-speaking countries.

The Enclave is a writer collective based out of New York City that aims to present the newest writing on the cutting edge to the public. We host monthly readings at Kenny’s Castaways in Greenwich Village. For more information on this reading and other upcoming Enclave events goto:

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