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Marisol Limon Martinez Talks About Her Book-Length Poem, Via Dissumulata, for KMSU Radio

By Harriet Staff


Artist, poet, musician, and all-around gem Marisol Limon Martinez talks about her book-length poem, Via Dissimulata (Octopus Books 2015), for the Weekly Reader on KMSU Radio (that's the local radio station for Minnesota State University at Mankato, if you weren't aware). Martinez is also the author of First Space, Then Structures (Nothing Moments Publishing), and After You, Dearest Language (Ugly Duckling Presse).

Martinez starts by reading an excerpt from Via Dissimulata: "I am a brother of diabolical creatures, a descendant of beasts and an angel, a portal in disguise." "Evident, you are just like me."

"'Via Dissimulata' is a portal in disguise translated from Latin," says Martinez.

More about her:

Her nonfiction essay “Honorary Men” was recently released as a chapbook by Guillotine. Marisol has been a recipient of The Pollock Krasner grant, a National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grant for an artist's residency at Women's Studio Workshop, and a Ford Foundation grant in performing arts. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New York Public Library Print Collection, Yale University, the University of Texas at Austin, amongst others. She received her BA in Art History from Barnard College, and studied classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music. After two years of recording and touring internationally as a pianist and back-up vocalist with Scott Matthew, she wrote and recorded her first solo album Autoportrait under the name Marisol Limon. She is part-time faculty in the Department of Visual Arts at the Trinity School, where she received a Faculty Travel Grant to research folk music and study Hindustani classical vocals in north India. Martiinez exhibits and performs in the U.S. and Europe, and has been a guest lecturer at Brown, The New School (Parsons & Eugene Lang), Columbia University and Queens College.

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Originally Published: November 2nd, 2015