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Date(s) - 01/16/2016
12:00 am

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

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Blood Sugar Canto
Ire’ne Lara Silva will be reading from her latest poetry collection, Blood Sugar Canto.
Saturday, January 16 | 6pm in the Black Box Theater

Blood Sugar Canto is a powerful hymn to life and to her own body by a “curandera-poet” struggling to transmute the fear and despair of diabetes into healing. It is the only book of its kind, uniquely beautiful, original, and full of hope.

“In 2008,” Silva says, “I was diagnosed as an insulin-dependent diabetic. I wasn’t the first in my family. I had grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, and siblings with diabetes. It still came as a shock. There were a lot of adjustments and a lot of losses. It came to me that I should write about what my life was immersed in—issues concerning my health, my family’s health, diabetes in my community, the overriding desire to be seen as a person and not as an automaton by Western medical practitioners, the vital connection between body and soul and heart when it came to healing, and my need to push back against the fear that dominated all conversations about diabetes and the body.   FREE EVENT