Antonio Lopez - Salt Lake City
Oct 15, 2021, 7:00 pm
Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front Region
VenueLost Eden Gallery
71 S Rio Gallery
Salt Lake City , UT 84101
Emerald Project presents the second annual Slam the Islamophobia: a night of poetry, prose, and art performances to empower Muslim youth in Utah with special guest Antonio Lopez. As Muslim youth, our voices and experiences are often erased from mainstream conversations on identity. Come support young Muslims as they share their diverse stories and passions through poetry and other art forms! This is an annual project hosted by Emerald Project's young team of Muslims who advocate for the accurate representation of Islam. Slam the Islamophobia is a space for Muslims to safely express themselves through the arts.
Antonio López is a Councilman of the City of East Palo Alto, a Chicano poet, and author of Gentefication (Four Way Books, Sept. '21).
"In his debut poetry collection Gentefication, Antonio Lopez adorns novelty with innovation by rendering the reader-in addition to the objective world-in surprising new ways. As if they were exorcising our demons or, less ominously, assigning us roles that break from the typecast routines of our daily lives, these poems call to the surface aspects of ourselves that we are rarely asked to engage. Poems tender and ironic, earnest and outraged display a mind abundant with knowledge yet desperate for answers. While so much American poetry asks of the reader only their passive attention, these poems work like personal trainers. They call for the kind of mental and spiritual absorption that can make prayer feel productive." Gregory Pardlo, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
This program is made possible with support from Utah Humanities and the Emerald Project.