Literature Program

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.


Earth's Daughters presents

Jorge Guitart & Teresa Peipins

The Gray Hair Series Poetry Reading

Cuban born Jorge Guitart holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Georgetown University and is Professor of Spanish linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo. He has published widely in his field. As a poet he writes both in his native Spanish and in English, endeavoring to keep them schizophrenically apart. In his most recent work he is aiming hard at the comic and the satirical. His favorite genre is parody. He is the author of Foreigner's Notebook (Shuffaloff Press, 1993) Film Blanc (Meow Press, 1996), and The Empress of Frozen Custard and Ninety-Nine Other Poems (BlazeVOX, 2009). He is represented in the Electronic Poetry Center at UB. He has translated Cuban poets into English, (e.g., Jose Kozer) and U.S. poets into Spanish (e.g., John Ashbery). In the last few years he has collaborated with artists, in other fields, including the painter Catherine Parker, the Lake Affect musical group, and the photographer Errol Daniels. He is also a painter and songwriter. He participated in the Cuban-American Artists from Western New York exhibit at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in 2005, and had a solo show at Buffalo's El Museo in 2006. His tango "Si supieras" was recorded by singer Elise Witt and is included in her 2003 CD Love Being Here.

Teresa Peipins is a writer of Latvian descent from Western New York. Her chapbook, Box of Surprises, was recently published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in The Barcelona Review, The Buffalo News, Conte, Pedestal, Poesia, and other literary magazines in the US and abroad. Her first novel, The Whisper of Unseen Birch, tells the story of a family in post-World War II Latvia, Spain, and the U.S. She has taught English language at the University of Barcelona and at the Open University of Catalonia, running virtual classrooms. Currently she is teaching at the International Institute. Her web page is: