Centennial Event — Los Portenos at Lake Oswego OR Library

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February 3, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lake Oswego Public Library
706 Fourth Street
Lake Oswego, OR

Open to the Public: Yes
Admission: None
Event Host(s): Cyndie Glazer, Gemma Whelan
Featured Guest(s): Cindy Williams Gutierrez, Damon Kupper, Paul Susi and Joaquin Lopez from Los Portenos

Event Site Contact Info:
Name: Cyndie Glazer
Phone: 503-675-2538
Email: cglazer@ci.oswego.or.us

World War II built many walls. In Europe, walls of barbed wire surrounded death camps for Jews. Here in the United States, Japanese-Americans were confined in internment camps, and conscientious objectors in Civilian Public Service camps. And in the Pacific theatre, banzai attacks of Japanese soldiers refusing to surrender created walls of fire and steel.

Los Portenos, Portland’s Latino writers’ collective, will present a short excerpt from Words That Burn: A Dramatization of Wold War II Experiences of William Stafford, Lawson Inada, and Guy Gabaldon in Their Own Words. Actors Damon Kupper, Paul Susi and Joaquin Lopez will perform, and Creator Cindy Williams Gutierrez will introduce the reactive impulse for the work by discussing the lives and writings of Oregon Poets Laureate Stafford and Inada, and Chicano Marine Gabaldon.

The abridged reading will be followed by a discussion moderated by Gemma Whelan.