Book Event

CANCELED: Who Speaks for Us Here: Poetry and Resistance with Leslie Contreras Schwartz

Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a memorable night of social justice, poetry, and art, featuring author Leslie Contreras Schwartz. Interweaving readings from her new book, "Who Speaks for Us Here," with discussion, Contreras Schwartz will captivate audiences with an exploration of poetry and art as tools for nonviolent resistance and for healing.

Newly released from Skull + Wind Press, "Who Speaks for Us Here" uses poetry to examine the divide between individual and public bodies as it documents narratives of those usually silenced, including people with mental illness, sex workers, women who are trafficked, and children in custody while it also unpacks the history of her family, especially the women thereof. A poet, activist, and mother, Contreras Schwartz shines in this stirring collection as she speaks directly to so many facets of our American moment.

Following the event there will be a book signing for “Who Speaks for Us Here” and a meet and greet opportunity with the author.



Leslie Contreras Schwartz is the fourth Houston Poet Laureate, serving from 2019-2021. She is a multi-genre writer whose book Nightbloom & Cenote (St. Julian Press, May 2018), was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, judged by Ilya Kaminsky. She is also the author of Fuego, and was a featured poet for the 2018 Houston Poetry Fest. A member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros for socially engaged writers, Contreras Schwartz’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in PleiadesThe Missouri ReviewThe Collagist, [PANK]Iowa ReviewVerse DailyCatapult, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. She is a graduate of The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and earned a bachelor’s at Rice University.



Skull + Wind Press is a poetry publisher striving to publish diverse voices of national importance while closely tending to our regional responsibilities. As an organization based in, and in love with, our local community in Albuquerque and our wider communities in New Mexico and the Southwest, we also strive to build and foster an inclusive community that can support these voices.

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
April 2, 2020
6:30 — 8:00 pm


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