For each installment of Roll Call, presented by Belladonna* Collaborative, two previously published poets from the Belladonna* chaplet archive have selected and will introduce a poet whose work expands and enriches the tradition of experimental feminist writing. Roll Call builds upon networks and communities within the feminist avant-garde while materializing the breadth of Belladonna* Collaborative’s twenty-year publishing history.
Mónica de la Torre’s poetry books include The Happy End/All Welcome. Recent poetry appears in the Paris Review and Critical Quarterly. She teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University. Her translation of Defensa del ídolo by Chilean modernist Omar Cáceres is just out from Ugly Duckling Presse.
Marta López-Luaces was born in A Coruña, Spain, in 1964, and lives in New York. She is a poet, writer and translator. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American Literatures from New York University (1998). She published five books of poetry Diatancia y destierros (1998), Las lenguas del viajero (Madrid: Huerga y Fierro, 2005), Los arquitectos del imaginario (Pre-Texto, 2011) and Después de la oscuridad (Valencia, Pre-Texto 2016). The translator Gary Racz has just finished translating her book Los arquitectos de lo imaginario (Architects of the Imaginary). Her novel, Los traductores del viento (Madrid-Monterrey, Vaso Roto, 2013) won the International Latino Book Award for Best Fantasy Novel, 2014. She was named Speaker for the Humanities of NYC (2003-05)
Montana Ray is a scholar at Columbia University who writes about Latin American and US visual poetics from the 1960s to present; translation and translation theory; and performance. She is also a poet; translator; the author of several artist books; and a mom to Amadeus, who is 9. www.montanaray.com
Mercedes Roffé (Buenos Aires, 1954) is one of the most renowned contemporary Latin American poets. Widely published in the Spanish-speaking world, books of hers have been translated and published in Italy, France, Romania, England, Canada and the United State. The founding editor of the New York-based publishing project Ediciones Pen Press, Roffé was awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim and the Civitella Ranieri foundations (2001 and 2012, respectively). Since 1995, she has lived in NYC.