How is a new generation of poets thinking and writing about human rights? Complementing this spring’s Art For Human Rights exhibition, featuring a selection of works by Fernando Botero (on view April 1–14), UC Berkeley graduate students Javier O. Huerta, Serena Le, Samia Rahimtoola, and Yosefa Raz read from their work.
Javier O. Huerta is a published author, emerging scholar, and Bay Area “librotraficante” whose work engages the contemporary struggle for immigrant rights. Serena Le is a writer, musician, and Ph.D. candidate in English. Her work grapples, by turns, with the effort and the failure to articulate relationships forged by traumas of war. Samia Rahimtoola is a poet and scholar in the English Department whose recent work engages movement, both physical and affective, in contemporary American life. Yosefa Raz, who lives in Oakland and sometimes Tel Aviv, is a graduate student in the Jewish Studies Program. Her latest poetry book investigates women and war.