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October 12, 2022 @ 6:30 pm
In-Person | Relinquenda: An Evening with Alexandra Lytton Regalado
Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…
AN EVENING WITH ALEXANDRA LYTTON REGALADO
(Beacon Press, $16.95)
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 PM | IN-PERSON at Books & Books, Coral Gables
Books & Books is excited to present an evening with Alexandra Lytton Regalado as she discusses her book Relinquenda.
***Please note: This event will take place at the Books & Books in Coral Gables at 265 Aragon Ave. Tickets are FREE and books will be available for purchase at the event. Want your copy early or can’t make it in-person? Order your copy online here.
About the Book:
A 4-part poetry collection that explores women’s roles in familial dynamics, immigration, and El Salvador’s civil war while reflecting on the death of the poet’s father
A National Poetry Series winner, selected by the celebrated poet Reginald Dwayne Betts
When COVID-19 broke and the United States closed the border to travel, Alexandra Lytton Regalado was separated from family back in El Salvador. She wrote Relinquenda entirely during lockdown as a meditation on cancer, the passing of her father, and the renewed significance of community.
The central part of the collection focuses on her father during his 6-year struggle with cancer and considers how his stoicism, alcoholism, and hermitage might serve as mirror and warning. In contrast, she dedicates other poems to what it means for daughters, mothers, and wives to care for another as reflected in her relationships with the men in her life.
Situated in the tropical landscapes of Miami, Florida and El Salvador, the poems also negotiate the meaning of home, reflecting on immigration and the ties between United States and El Salvador 30 years after her birth country’s decade-long civil war.
In a lyrical and often bilingual voice, Regalado explores the impermanence and the body, communication and inarticulation, and the need to let go in order to heal regrets.
About the Author:
ALEXANDRA LYTTON REGALADO received an MFA in poetry from Florida International University and an MFA in fiction from Pacific University. She is the author of Matria (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), which received the St. Lawrence Book Award. Regalado is co-director of Editorial Kalina and editor of Puntos de fuga/Vanishing Points (Editorial Kalina, 2017), a bilingual anthology of contemporary Salvadoran prose. She lives in San Salvador, El Salvador.