IWP residents Rodrigo Blanco Calderon (Venezuela) and Patricia Portela (Portugal) will be joined by an Iowa Writers Workshop student of poetry at this free event.
Rodrigo Blanco CalderÃ³n (fiction writer; Venezuela) is the author of three collections of short stories: Una larga fila de hombres [Men in a Long Line] (2005), Los invencibles (2007) and most recently Las rayas [Scratches] (2011), anthologized in many Latin American publications. Blanco CalderÃ³n participated in the 2007 Hay Festival Bogota as one of ‘Latin America’s 39 Most Exciting Authors Under 39.’ He is the founder the publishing house and bookstore Lugar ComÃºn, and teaches literature at the Universidad Central de Venezuela.
PatrÃcia Portela (playwright, fiction writer; Portugal) has written and coordinated nearly twenty stage performances and live art works across Europe, the Middle East, China and Brazil. Widely anthologized, she is the author of the novels Para Cima e NÃ£o Para Norte (2008) and Banquete (2012). A founder of the cultural association Prado,she teaches regularly at Forum DanÃ§a in Lisbon and, recently, in the Program for Visual Criticism and Film at the University of Antwerp.