October, TBA: Featured playwright in Songs of Ourselves: An evening of poetry and performance by diverse Los Angeles artists at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Monday, April 29: Featured poet in Poetry Bureau, an evening of Whitmanic poetry | Getty Museum College Night–Whitman Dreams in Color | Getty Museum | 6-9:30pm | Free for students with ID. Free shuttle service available to/from UCLA; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information. http://www.getty.edu/education/college/collegenight.html
Sunday, June 2: Daughters of Whitman: A Poetry Reading, featuring poets Ali Liebegott, Amber West, Susannah Rodríguez Drissi, Heather Nagami, and Vickie Vertiz; fiction writer Dominqua Dickey; performance artist Cecilia Fairchild; and puppeteer Audrey Desnmore; free; more info: whitmania.ucla.edu | Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA | 5-8:00pm. More info: whitmania.ucla.edu and beyondbaroque.org
Friday, May 31: Organizer & Speaker, Ecos del Gran Viejo: Latin American Poets Sing Walt Whitman, a bilingual celebration of Latin American writers influenced by Whitman at UCLA | Powell Library Rotunda, University of California, Los Angeles | 2-4:00pm For more info: whitmania.ucla.edu
“The Hybrid | Blurring the Line Between Scholarly Pursuits & Creative Work | A Conversation with Susannah Rodríguez Drissi” | July 31, 2018, at 1:30pm, Powell Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
On Wednesday, June 6th, 2018, at 2:30pm. Rolfe 4302, Lydeen Library, Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Join us for a table reading of my award-winning play, HOUSES WITHOUT WALLS, premiering at the Hollywood Fringe Festival on June 3rd, 2018. The reading will be followed by a discussion with playwright and the following UCLA faculty: Dr. Gabriela Venegas, Dr. Magda Matuskova, & Dr. Daniel Whitsell. The event is sponsored by UCLA’s Program on Caribbean Studies and the Latin American Institute.
“Reading & Conversation with Scholar & Playwright Dr. Susannah Rodríguez Drissi.” On Thursday, May 10th, 2018, at 1:00pm, HIB 135, I will be joining faculty and students at the University of California, Irvine for a table reading of my award-winning play HOUSES WITHOUT WALLS, premiering at the Hollywood Fringe Festival on June 3rd, 2018. THE event is sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Illuminations, and Humanities Commons.
Join us on Saturday, May 26th at 1:30pm at KXLU 88.9, Alma del Barrio, Loyola Marymount University’s Latin sound since 1973. DJ José Cristóbal and I will be discussing my new play, HOUSES WITHOUT WALLS, my work as a scholar, writer, and translator. Find a recording of parts 1 and 2 of the interview HERE.
Panel Co-chair, Co-organizer, Presenter: “Post-communist Perspectives on Medicine, Literature, and Film.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), March 29-April 1, 2018. Presentation title: “Post-Communist Tourism and Medical Humanities in Yoss’s “A Planet for Rent.”
Presenter: Reading from Letters from Camus, a novel in progress. “Homecomings, Placements, and Displacements in Contemporary Cuban-American Literature,” Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Tampa, Florida, March 7-10, 2018.
Guest Performer: “Hasta Santiago a pie,” a spoken word piece published in¡Camina y prende el fogón!: Ontología del son y otros ensayos. Raúl A. Fernández and Rafael Bassi L. (May 2016)UC-Cuba Academic Initiative, UC Irvine, November 17, 2017.)
Discussant at Large: UC-Cuba Graduate Workshop, UC-Cuba Academic Initiative, UC Irvine, November 17, 2017.
Invited Speaker: Premiere of feature film, Forbidden Cuba, directed by Art Jones, West Coast Premiere at the Downtown Los Angeles, Film Festival, September 23, 2017.
Invited Speaker: Starting a Writing Career. Bindercon, LA 2017, University of California, Los Angeles.
Panel Chair, Organizer, Presenter: “Righting and Writing Cuba from Afar.”Reading Cuba: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Literature, Florida International University, Miami, November 9-10, 2016. Presentation title: “Ways of Going Home: Fiction, Inscription & Translation in Until We’re Fish.” Reading from Until We’re Fish (novel manuscript).
Panel Chair, Organizer, Presenter: “José Martí in the 21st Century.” Latin American Studies Conference on Cuba in the 21st Century, California State University, San Bernardino, April 28-29, 2016. Paper Title: “Martí, Abdala & the Arab World”
Invited Writer: Reading of “Even You, Miami.” Saw Palm—Florida Literature and Art. Launching of Saw Palm’s Issue 10 on Cuban and Cuban-American writers. Tampa, Florida, March 3, 2016.
Panel Chair and Organizer: “Reorienting the Racial Compass: Moros, turcos, polacos, judíos and palestinos in Cuban Studies and Beyond.” The 10th Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies of the Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University (FIU), February 26 and 28, 2015.
Visiting Fellow Discussant: UC-CUBA Graduate Student Workshop. UC Irvine, November 14-15, 2014.
Panel Chair and Organizer: “Hagar’s Other Children: Moorish, Arab, and Islamic Presence in Latin American Literature and Cultural Production.” LASA, Chicago, May 21 –24, 2014.
Invited Talk: “The Best Go to Algeria: Algeria in the Cuban Imagination in the 1950s and 1960s.” New Directions in Cuban Studies, Cuban Heritage Collection Graduate Fellows Conference, University of Miami, March 20 and 21, 2014.
Panel Chair and Organizer: “Oriente and Orientalism in Cuban Cultural Studies.” The 9th Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies of the Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University (FIU), May 23 and 25, 2013.
Panel Co-organizer and Presenter: “Diasporic Transformations and Reimaginations: Performing Cuban Identity in the U.S. and Abroad.” The 9th Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies of the Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University (FIU), May 23 and 25, 2013. Paper Title: “Cuban à l’Arab: Cubanness and Exile in Jesús Díaz’s ‘El pianista árabe.’”
Panel Co-organizer and Presenter: “(Re)Mapping the Nation: Latin America in the Twentieth Century.” LASA, San Francisco, May 23-26, 2012.
Complete List of Presentations Available Upon Request.