Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Women's Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Gail Wronsky. Bilingual Edition. Alicia Partnoy's FLOWERING FIRES/FUEGOS FLORALES is a work of wisdom born of witness and tempered by a lifetime of commitment to her craft. Gail Wronsky's translations render these poems as vital in English as they are in Spanish. This is a book to be cherished, read and reread. The book was honored as the recipient of the first annual Settlement House American Poetry Prize, which acknowledges the importance of the immigrant legacy and its potential as a force for social justice, tolerance and goodwill in the United States. Initiated in 2014, the Prize includes publication by Settlement House of a collection of poems by a first-generation American.
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Alicia Partnoy is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentineans "disappeared." Following her released from the detention camp, Partnoy immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1979.She is the author of The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival (Cleis Press, 1998) and of the poetry collections Volando Bajito/Little Low Flying (Red Hen Press, 2005) and Venganza de la Manzana/Revenge of the Apple (Cleis Press, 1992). She is the editor of You Can't Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile (Cleis Press, 1988). From 2003 to 2006, she was co-editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Partnoy's work has been published in more than twenty anthologies and in journals in the U.S. and abroad. A former Vice-Chair of Amnesty International, she is professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Loyola Marymount University. After twenty years of circulation in English, the original manuscript of her tales about being "disappeared" in Argentina was published in her native country as La Escuelita-Relatos Testimoniales (La Bohemia, 2006). Partnoy presides over Proyecto VOS—Voices of Survivors, an organization that brings survivors of state sponsored violence to lecture at U.S. colleges and universities. Author City: LOS ANGELES, CA USA