Picador Professor Sasha Pimentel Reads from Her Work

On November 26, Picador Professor Sasha Pimentel read from her work at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst. After an introduction by ASL's Prof. Pisarz-Ramirez, Jan Wilm, literary critic, translator and literary scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen, gave  his impressions of Pimentel's work and warmly welcomed her in Leipzig once more. 

 

Sasha Pimentel read from her poetry, starting with two poems written in Leipzig that are not featured in either of her books, For Want of Water and Insides She Swallowed. She then went on to read a selection of poems from her books, captivating the audience with both her words and her delivery. In between, her and Jan Wilm talked about her childhood as a young immigrant from the Philippines in America, her experiences teaching in Leipzig, and her home in El Paso, a city intertwined and simultaneously separated from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. For her final poem, Pimentel distributed finger lights, which she asked the audience of about 30 people to turn on, creating a magical atmosphere as she read the lines.

 

Afterwards, there was time for audience questions which focused mainly on Pimentel's background, her writing process and her relationship to writing.

 

For some impressions from the reading, please view the gallery below (© Andreas Lamm). Please visit the Picador website for more information on the Picador Professorship and Sasha Pimentel. 

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