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Dia de Muertos: Celebration of Day of the Dead

  • The Writers Place 3607 Pennsylvania Ave Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)

Dia de Muertos: Celebration of Day of the Dead

Featuring writers Amelia de la Luz Montes and Gabriela Lemmons. Also included: the Aztec Dancers and band Hide in the Shallows.

Amelia MarĂ­a de la Luz Montes is Associate Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Her Penguin Classics edition of Ruiz de Burton's novel Who Would Have Thought It? was listed on the Latino Books Month List from the Association of American Publishers. She is currently working on a critical text on Chicana and Latina Midwest writers and a creative non-fiction book entitled The Diabetes Chronicles. 

Gabriela N. Lemmons is the daughter of migrant workers with a storyteller father who inspired her to write down his recollections. She writes bilingual poetry and creative non-fiction. She has an MFA from KU, and has been published in Kansas City Hispanic News, Present Magazine, Primera Pagina, and others. 

Hide in the Shallows is a fusion of indie folk and acoustic rock style. Their bilingual lyrics foster their identities as Allen Arias (guitar and composer) is from Costa Rica, Stephanie Goings (percussion) from Philippines, and Stephen Barber from USA as they perform about their life experiences. This cross-cultural trio are inspired with their own heritage influences as well as Swedish and domestic musicians. Allen notes that the band's name "Hide in the Shallows" is a catch-22, representing the struggle foreigners feel when they want to call this land home.

Altars by Xanath Caraza, Gene Emerson Friedman,  and World's Window.