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Social activist Quique Aviles performs one-man show at Loyola

Loyola press release - October 25, 2010

Poet, playwright, and activist Quique Aviles will visit Loyola University New Orleans to perform his one man play, "The Children of Latinia," a show that combines poetry and performance as a commentary on the Latino identity struggle in America. “The Children of Latinia” delves into the world of a new techno-generation that grapples to identify race and nationality.

The event takes place on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dedicated to addressing social issues, Aviles has challenged audiences with his provocative, painful, humorous, poignant and powerful work for 30 years. Originally from El Salvador, Aviles graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., and founded the LatiNegro Theater Collective, an ensemble of African American and Latino young artists.

In 1999, he co-founded Sol & Soul, an arts and activist organization. He has written and performed in several one-man shows dealing with issues of race and identity, including “Latinhood!,” “Chaos Standing” and “Caminata: A Walk Though Immigrant America.”

His poetry and commentary have been featured on National Public Radio’s syndicated programs Latino USA and This I Believe and has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. In 2004, Aviles published his first book of poetry, “The Immigrant Museum.”

As a community leader, Aviles has pioneered community-based writing and performance projects in a wide variety of settings, including after-school youth programs, community centers, residential treatment centers, schools and universities, prisons and recreation centers. He is the lead facilitator for GALA Hispanic Theatre’s youth program, Paso Nuevo, in Washington, D.C.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.