Dolores Dorantes & Laura Solórzano with Jen Hofer


Dolores Dorantes’s books include sexoPUROsexoVELOZ (2004), Lola (cartas cortas) (2002), Para Bernardo: un eco (2000) and Poemas para niños (1999). She is founding director of the border arts collective Compañía Frugal, based in Ciudad Juárez, where she has lived for twenty years. Compañía Frugal supports autonomous projects in the arts and counts among its activities publication of the bi-weekly poetry broadside series Hoja Frugal, printed in editions of 4000 and distributed free throughout Mexico. A translation of sexoPUROsexoVELOZ and Septiembre, books two and three of Dolores Dorantes by Dolores Dorantes, have been translated by Hofer and published by Counterpath Press and Kenning Editions. Laura Solórzano is the author, most recently, of Boca perdida (2005), lobo de labio (2001) and Semilla de Ficus (1999). Jen Hofer’s en face translation of lobo de labio was published as lip wolf by Action Books in March 2007. Laura is on the editorial board of the literary arts magazine Tragaluz, and currently teaches writing at the Centro de Arte Audiovisual in Guadalajara. Both Dorantes and Solórzano appeared in the anthology Sin puertas visibles: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women (ed. and trans. Jen Hofer, 2003). Jen Hofer’s latest book is The Route, an epistolary and poetic collaboration with Patrick Durgin. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches poetics in the MFA Writing Program at CalArts, works as a Spanish-language interpreter with the Los Angeles County Superior Courts. She will read her English translations of the work of Dorantes and Solórzano.