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september, 2019

07sepsatHay Forum Dallas - Day 13:00 pm - 1:00 am (8) Event Type :Literary Festival

Hay Forum Dallas - Day 1

Event Details

Following the success of the first installment of Hay Forum Dallas in 2018, this year, The Wild Detectives and Hay Festival combine forces again to create one of the most interesting literary and cultural events in the City of Dallas.

2018 was dedicated to celebrating the Bogotá39 list, which selects the 39 most important writers of Latin America under the age of 40. For our 2019 edition, we have invited an eclectic group of guests with one thing in common, pushing boundaries.

Our idea for this year’s edition is to bring figures from different fields like journalism, literature, activism and music, who while working in different disciplines, go that extra mile to make our reality more tangible and real, despite the consequences. We believe the different guests that are coming to Dallas this year have made an extraordinary effort to show us new perspectives of the world we live in and the different directions we can take going forward.

During the days of 7th and 8th of September, you will be able to attend the following panels:

Documentary & Activism Photography – 3pm
Steve Pavey Exhibit Kick off W/ Kael Alford

During Hay Festival Dallas, The Wild Detectives will turn into a temporary exhibit for the work of Steve Pavey. Kael Alford will discuss with Steve what it means nowadays to fight social justice through documentary photography. Steve Pavey has worked in over 30 countries around the world, most recently in Palestine, Honduras and Mexico. He has accompanied since 2010 the undocumented migrant-led struggle for freedom and human dignity. His contemplative activist photography with undocumented youth has grown through intersectional solidarity praxis to include bearing witness with indigenous and people of color led movements for Black Lives Matters, Not 1 More Deportation, Free Palestine, Mni Wiconi, Abolish ICE, Protect Oak Flats and the Poor People’s Campaign among many other growing efforts to resist state violence and corporate hegemonic dominance over our lives, communities and mother earth. Kael Alford is a photographer, journalist and educator whose work spans issues of political violence, the human relationship to the natural environment, the social roles of women, and under-represented communities. She is currently an instructor at Eastfield College.


Migration, Borders & Violence in America – 5pm
Reporting migration and violence in the US and Latin America.
With Oscar Martinez, Dianne Solis & John Gibler.

Oscar Martinez, Dianne Solis and John Gibler will discuss their respective works reporting and writing about some of the deadliest phenomena of our time. Oscar Martinez (Salvador), aside from his regular collaborations with the newspaper El Faro, has written several books documenting the impossible journey of migrants from Central America to North America and the gang violence in both Salvador and the US. John Gibler (Texas,Mexico) has made numerous investigative reports about violence in Mexico and Central America. He has also published several books, among them one which is considered one of the most thorough works on the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students. Dianne Solis (Texas) is a senior reporter who has worked for The Wall Street Journal and The Dallas Morning News, reporting about the heroin outburst in New Orleans after Katrina and the severe impact that border control measures have on children.

Oscar MartinezÓscar Martínez is a writer and journalist from El Savador. He writes for, the first online newspaper in Latin America. The original edition of his book Los migrantes que no importan was translated to English as The Beast. Martínez is currently writing chronicles and articles for El Faro’s project, Sala Negra, investigating gang violence in Latin America. In 2008, Martínez won the Fernando Benítez National Journalism Prize in Mexico, and in 2009, he was awarded the Human Rights Prize at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University in El Salvador. Martinez has ridden the Beast eight times himself, interviewing people on their way to the U.S


Dianne SolisDianne Solis is an american journalist. Her stories have taken her to post-Katrina New Orleans, inside families fractured by addiction to starter heroin, to immigration courts for children, and to a mosque where the Ramadan fast was broken with a FBI agent. As a foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal and a Texas-based reporter with the Dallas Morning News, she’s written on narcotics, gangs and the impact of drug violence and corruption on ordinary people. She also has lectured on reporting in immigrant communities caught in the most significant crackdown in decades. She was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University.

John GiblerJohn Gibler is an American journalist who predominately writes from and about Mexico. He is the author of Mexico Unconquered: Chronicles of Power and Revolt, To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War and I Couldn’t Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us: An Oral History of the Attacks Against the Students of Ayotzinapa. He is also correspondent for Pacifica Radio’s KPFA in Mexico. He has reported on the ground from the Zapatistas Other Campaign, the protests against electoral fraud in Mexico City, and the uprising in Oaxaca. He has reported for Left Turn, In These Times, Common Dreams, Yes! Magazine, Colorlines and Democracy Now!


War on Women – 6.30pm
The contemporary war on women.
With Miriam Toews, Cristina Rivera Garza & Leni Zumas.

In Miriam Toew’s latest novel (Women Talking), more than a hundred Mennonite women were systematically violated and assaulted for years by the male members of their community, many of who argued that their bruises were the product of demons or “wild female imagination.” In Leni Zumas’ latest novel (Red Clocks), abortion is illegal again in the US and women are persecuted. Cristina Rivera Garza, one of Mexico´s best known writers and one of the prominent voices of feminism in Latin America, is known for her take in literature as she chooses not to inform but to explore the limits of human experience. Fiction and Non Fiction will cross boundaries in this astounding conversation between three of the most relevant authors of our time.

Miriam ToewsMiriam Toews is a Canadian writer, best known for her novels A Complicated Kindness and All My Puny Sorrows. She has won a number of literary prizes including the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award for body of work. She is also a two-time finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a two-time winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

Leni ZumasLeni Zumas is an American writer. She won the 2019 Oregon Book Award for her national bestselling novel Red Clocks, which was a finalist for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and the Neukom Prize for Speculative Fiction. Red Clocks was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and was named a Best Book of 2018 by The Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Entropy, and the New York Public Library. Vulture called it one of the 100 Most Important Books of the 21st Century So Far.

Cristina Rivera GarzaCristina Rivera Garza is a Mexican author and professor best known for her fictional work, with various novels such as Nadie me verá llorar (No One Will See Me Cry) winning a number of Mexico’s highest literary awards as well as awards abroad. The author was born in the state of Tamaulipas, near the U.S. border and has developed her career in teaching and writing on both sides of the border. She has taught history and creative writing at various universities Awards include the Juan Vicente Melo National Short Story Award, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize (the only author to win this award twice) and the Anna Seghers International Prize.


Backyard Salsa Party W/Fusion Latina – 8pm

A journey through Salsa Dancing

Get ready for an intense dance party in our backyard that will take us through the different ages of salsa. Fusion Latina, our eight-member guest band will make sure no one resists to their Salsa, Cumbia, Boogaloo and Timba rythms!


This event could not be possible without the help of The Mexican Consulate in Dallas, UTD (Center for Translation Studies), UTA (Center for Mexican American Studies), SMU (World Languages and Literature), UNT (Latina/o and Mexican Studies), PEN America and Aeromexico.

Special thanks to our friends at Oddfellows, AJ Vagavonds, Revellers Hall and {Neighborhood}



Hay Festival is a not-for-profit organization that brings readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world. The festivals inspire, examine and entertain, inviting participants to imagine the world as it is and as it might be.

Nobel Prize-winners and novelists, scientists and politicians, historians and musicians talk with audiences in a dynamic exchange of ideas. The Festival’s global conversation shares the latest thinking in the arts and sciences with curious audiences live, in print and online. Hay Festival also runs wide programmes of education work supporting coming generations of writers and culturally hungry audiences of all ages.

In 1987, the festival was dreamt up around a kitchen table in Hay. Thirty-one years later, the unique marriage of exacting conversations and entertainment for all ages has travelled to editions in 30 locations, from the historic town of Cartagena in Colombia to the heart of cities in Peru, Mexico, Spain and Denmark. The organization now reaches a global audience of hundreds of thousands every year and continues to grow and innovate, building partnerships and initiatives alongside some of the leading bodies in arts and the media.

Acclaimed author, actor and writer Stephen Fry is President of the organization; Peter Florence is Director; and Caroline Michel, CEO of leading literary and talent agency Peters Fraser + Dunlop, is Chair of the Festival board.

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7 (Saturday) 3:00 pm - 8 (Sunday) 1:00 am