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september, 2019

08sepsunHay Forum Dallas - Day 23:00 pm - 11:00 pm Event Type :Literary Festival

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:


Bending the boundaries of Poetry and Narrative – 3pm

What differentiates poetry from narrative, a poem from a short story, a novel from an essay?

Literature can’t escape from being a reflection of how interconnected and intertwined our society is, where boundaries previously established fade away and borders fail to explain our reality and become a burden instead of a reference. Our guests for his panel have moved through almost the full spectrum of the literary art: narrative, poetry, short stories, non-fiction and translation. We will discuss with them how real are these boundaries, what they mean for them and how they reflect our current time.

Cristina Rivera GarzaCristina Rivera Garza is one of Mexico’s best known writers, she has won six of Mexico’s highest literary awards and has published several novels, short story collection and poem collections.


Luis Felipe Fabre

Luis Felipe Fabre is a Mexican Poet and essayist, he also teaches literature and edits a modern art magazine.


John Pluecker

John Pluecker is a language worker who writes and translates, also the co-founder of the transdisciplinary collaborative Antena Aire.



Language, Linguism and Activism – 5pm
With Yásnaya Elena Aguilar and Roger Reeves

When language becomes the actual fight for social justice

Yasnaya Elena Aguilar

Yásnaya Elena Aguilar and Roger Reeves will share and discuss their stories of how language, despite a tool for communication, has become the very reason for their causes. Yásnaya Elena Aguilar is a Mexican linguist, writer, translator, human rights activist and Ayuujk researcher. She works with Ayuujk, Spanish and English languages. She is member of Colegio mixe, a collective that researches and promotes the Mixe culture. She has taken part and given talks, conferences and workshops in both national and international forums. In February 2019 she was invited to the ordinary session of the 14th Legislature in the Chamber of Deputies within the framework of the International Year of Indigenous Languages to give a speech in Mixe, in which she alluded the condition of Mexico’s indigenous languages.

Roger Reeves’s poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry,Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Best American Poetry,and Tin House, among others.  He was awarded a 2015 Whiting Award,a Pushcart Prize, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a 2013 NEA Fellowship,and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin. His first book is King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), which won the Larry Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Zacharis Prize from Ploughshares, and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award.




Journalism & Politics – 6.30pm
Is it all about politics?
With Jon Lee Anderson & Ben Fountain.

Jon Lee Anderson, staff writer for The New Yorker, has profiled leaders such as Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and Augusto Pinochet. He has also covered numerous conflicts, including those in Syria, Lebanon, Libya and Iraq. Anderson will be in conversation with Dallas acclaimed writer Ben Fountain, receiver of the PEN/Hemingway price, frequent collaborator of The Guardian, and author whose latest book Beautiful Country Burn Again, describes the existential crisis the US has faced throughout history -including the one we’re currently in.

Jon Lee AndersonJon Lee Anderson is an American biographer, author, investigative reporter, war correspondent and staff writer for The New Yorker, reporting from war zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda, Israel, El Salvador, Ireland, Lebanon, Iran, and throughout the Middle East as well as during Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts with K38 Water Safety as documented in the New Yorker article Leaving Desire. Anderson has also written for The New York Times, Harper’s, Life, and The Nation. Anderson has profiled political leaders such as Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and Augusto Pinochet.

Ben FountainBen Fountain is an American fiction writer. He has won many awards including a PEN/Hemingway award for Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories (2007) and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for his debut novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk(2012). His latest book Beautiful Country Burn Againnarrates a shocking year in American politics, moving from the early days of the Iowa caucus to the crystalizing moments of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and culminating in the aftershocks of the weeks following election night.


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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