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D.C. trip was a blast–see?

November 9, 2009
Healey Hall

View from the front gate of Georgetown University

Just returned from a wonderful weekend in the DC area.  On Thursday I had the pleasure and privilege of sharing my work with colleagues, faculty and students at Georgetown University for their Symposium on Family, Migration and Labor.  I thoroughly enjoyed all of the presentations and am especially delighted to have met folks whose work I admire. 

Riggs Library--Rigo, Ricky and Ricardo

Rigoberto González, Ricky Rodríguez and Ricardo Ortiz



The University of Maryland-Baltimore County performance was a success–great sound, space and audience.  Conjunto Kimbombo rocked the house–as to be expected.

Conjunto Kimbombo before a full house at UMBC

Jorge Milanés and Kevin Meehan are the heart and soul of their neo-Cuban folk group



Additionally, I was able to reconnect with friends like Dolen Perkins-Valdez whose first novel, Wench, will be released in January.  We met at Bread Loaf this summer and she picked me up on Wednesday and we had a lovely afternoon together.   Kevin Meehan’s book launch party on Saturday was great; he sold and signed copies of his amazing People Get Ready–a must read for anyone teaching African American and Caribbean literatures.

The lovely Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Wench

Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of forthcoming novel Wench

So, it was a great weekend.  Next stop, the Miami Book Fair International!

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