Latin Hip Hop as a New Poetry

A Road Scholar Program by Catalina Maria Johnson

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Apr 15, 2023


Zion-Benton Public Library
2400 Gabriel Ave
Zion, IL 60099



Latin hip hop artists are advancing the poetic traditions of their countries in unique ways. Ana Tijoux from Chile was raised on protest songs and Pablo Neruda; Residente from Calle 13, Puerto Rico spits out rhymes as carefully crafted as any poet’s; Niña Dioz from Mexico reads dictionaries to find the precise words to fit her ideas and rhymes; Xiutehzcatl from Boulder, Colorado rhymes in three languages: Spanish, English and Nahuatl–an ancient indigenous language. Nevertheless, academia and poetic circles have surprisingly not embraced and celebrated these artists as poets.

This program, with video and lyric examples, will make a case for hip hop as the new poetry with a focus on Latinos in the U.S. and the Americas. The presentation, paired with slides and a rich set of musical videos, is lively, light and fun, and focused on participation, discussion, and musical enjoyment!

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Chhabria James at

Learn more about Catalina Maria Johnson, this program, and how to book it here.

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