Martín Espada, the editor of the collection, was joined by Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Denice Frohman, John Murillo, Willie Perdomo, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Nicholas Samaras, Patricia Smith, Lauren Schmidt, Afaa M. Weaver, Elisabet Velasquez, and others.
What Saves Us is an anthology of poems by a diversity of voices that speak of persecuted and scapegoated immigrants, bear witness to violence, testify to poverty and are voices of labor, the factory and the fields.
More than grievances, these poems build bridges, take back the language, resist the corruption of words themselves and assert our common humanity.
This event was presented in association with Northwestern University Press and Mil Mundos Books and was hosted by Rich Villar.
Photos by Leah Umansky
Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter. Her collection of poems paired with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets. Her new artist website is at MariaMazziottiGillan.com. Maria's poetry website is MariaGillan.com.