David Miklos & Isabel Zapata

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:30pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77006

COUNTENANCE, by David Miklos

Reading David Miklos means immersing yourself in a sensual and intimate experience. There is something tremendously emotive in his works that fragments all brain perception and moves the reader away from his own established logic. Miklos' work has a scorching effect that breaks with the timeline and that rabid rationality so common in writers that are more concerned with printing than with art. From the finest eroticism as far to reflection on the origin, his texts are a perennial search; perhaps they long for absences, for the desire of the body or that voice that makes his literature a perpetual joy. - Rose Mary Salum

In Countenance, David Miklos has created a space inhabited by isolated communities, a space where society as a whole has ceased to exist. Miklos’ writing is animated by a subtle, mournful style. The site, which echoes the geography of Miklos’ debut novel Debris, is a beach that is perhaps located in Mexico and where the sea has slowly retreated year by year. It is in this beach that the Russian and Fino, exiled from the world of Violence, feel the need to rebuild their wedding ritual. The strange communities that populate Countenance include the Anzures’ group, who live in a magical cave; and the Swedish’s colony, made up of voluntary exiles and ruled by eleven commandments that include “Thou shall not put out the fire.” These communities are precariously held together by new mythologies. Violence has stripped them off any form of State. Miklos’ prose is one of the most distinctive in Mexican literature. Rich in imagery, his writing only needs a few strokes to fully paint the true landscape of social collapse. - Nicolás Cabral


EMPTY POOL, by Isabel Zapata

Empty Pool by Isabel Zapata is a book of essays that gracefully balances intimacy and an open, profound and sensible view of reality. She writes about old family photos; the virtues of dogs; the intelligence of octopi; translation; and empty pools, among other topics from which this collection of short, lucid essays unfolds to resemble a long intimate talk.

Isabel Zapata writes with a fluidity that can only come from wisdom. Sometimes it feels like we’re listening to her speak more than reading her on the page; it even feels like we can speak back. Empty Pool is a collection of intensely personal, incisive, and beautiful essays. - Alejandro Zambra

David Miklos (San Antonio, 1970) has authored a trilogy of novels that explore the question of origin and roots: La piel muerta, translated as Debris and published by Literal Publishing), La gente extraña, and La hermana falsa. He has also written two books that bend the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction: La vida triestina and the Lovecraftian El abrazo de Cthulhu. Miklos has published other four novels where he explores the nature of memory, domesticity and the erotic imagination: Brama, No tendrás rostro || CountenanceMiramar, and La pampa imposible. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of History, CIDE (Mexico City)

Tanya Huntington is a bi-national writer, artist, and actress residing in Mexico City. Managing Editor of the online magazine Literal: Latin American voices, she is the author of several books, most recently Solastalgia (Almadía, 2018). She holds a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from the University of Maryland at College Park. She has also co-produced and contributed to public radio and television programs dedicated to culture and the arts and has received a grant from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, as well as first prize at the Bienal Internacional de Radio de México on two separate occasions. Her artwork has been exhibited both in the United States and Mexico and selected by prestigious venues such as the FEMSA Biennial. She is currently writing a book of essays with a grant from the Mexican National System for the Arts (SNC). 

Isabel Zapata was born in Mexico City in 1984. She studied Political Science at ITAM and Philosophy at The New School for Social Research, in New York. She is the author of Ventanas adentro, Las noches son así and Una ballena es un país. Her work has been published in several anthologies and magazines in Mexico and the United States. In 2017 she was part of the Jóvenes Creadores FONCA fellowship program for poetry. She is a co-founder and publisher at Ediciones Antílope.

Robin Myers, poet and translator, is the author of Amalgama (Mexico, Ediciones Antílope, 2016), Lo demás (Argentina, Zindo & Gafuri, 2016; Spain, Kriller71 Ediciones), and Tener (Argentina, Audisea, 2017; forthcoming from Ediciones Antílope and Kriller71 Ediciones in 2019), all published as bilingual editions. Recent translation work includes Someone Lived Here by Aurelia Cortés Peyron (Editorial Argonáutica, 2018), Lyric Poetry Is Dead by Ezequiel Zaidenwerg (Cardboard House Press, 2018), andManca by Juana Adcock (Editorial Argonáutica, 2019).