This event is free with first come, first served seating.
This event is in collaboration with the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC.
Bilbao–New York–Bilbao is the second book commissioned for the Spatial Species series, edited by Youmna Chlala and Ken Chen. The series investigates the ways we activate space through language. In the tradition of Georges Perec’s An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, Spatial Species titles are pocket- sized editions, each keenly focused on place. Instead of tourist spots and public squares, we encounter unmarked, noncanonical spaces: edges, alleyways, diasporic traces. Such intimate journeying requires experiments in language and genre, moving travelogue, fiction, or memoir into something closer to eating, drinking, and dreaming.
Kirmen Uribe writes in Basque. He is one of the most relevant and widely translated writers of his generation in Spain. He has written two collections of poems and four novels. Uribe won Spain’s National Prize for Literature for his first novel, Bilbao–New York–Bilbao. His works have appeared in the New Yorker and the Paris Review, among many other journals. He was selected for the Iowa International Writers Program in 2017 and was awarded the New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellowship for 2018–2019. He is now based in New York City, where he teaches Creative Writing at New York University.
Miguel Albero is the current Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C. since July 2020. Before that, he was the Director of Cultural and Scientific Relations of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). He entered the Diplomatic Career in 1992 and was Spain’s Ambassador to Honduras from the end of 2013 until the end of 2017 and, previously, DCM at the Embassy in Senegal, consul general in Mendoza (Argentina) and cultural counselor in Costa Rica. In addition to his work in the public sector, he has curated numerous photography exhibitions and published four novels, four essays, a book of short stories and three volumes of poetry, and has been awarded the Ciudad de Málaga Essay Prize, Gil de Biedma in poetry and Vargas Llosa in novel.