Tucson Festival of Books

Diego Báez


Sponsored by Friend of the Festival

Diego Báez is a writer, educator and abolitionist. He is the recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, the Surge Institute and the Poetry Foundation’s Incubator for Community-Engaged Poets. His writing has appeared in Freeman’s, The Rumpus, Harriet Books and The Georgia ReviewHe lives in Chicago and teaches at the City Colleges. He is the author of "Yaguareté White."

Awards: finalist for the Georgia Poetry Prize and a semifinalist for the Berkshire Prize for Poetry

Communities: Hispanic or Latinx, Mixed Race


Scheduled events:
Dual Identities In the Americas
Three experimental poets discuss how their Salvadoran, Paraguayan, and Mexican heritage has impacted their poetry and their lives.

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Poetry
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA Bookstore, Main Floor (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Diego Báez, Manuel López, Reyes Ramirez
Moderator: Estella González
Diego Báez
Yaguareté White In Diego Báez’s debut collection, Yaguareté White, English, Spanish, and Guaraní encounter each other through the elusive yet potent figure of the jaguar. The son of a Paraguayan father and a mother from Pennsylvania, Baéz grew up in central Illinois as one of the only brown kids on the block—but that didn’t keep him from feeling like a gringo on family visits to Paraguay. Exploring this contradiction as it weaves through experiences of language, self, and place, Baéz revels in showing up the absurdities of empire and chafes at the limits of patrimony, but he always reserves his most trenchant irony for the gaze he turns on himself. Notably, this raucous collection also wrestles with Guaraní, a state-recognized Indigenous language widely spoken in Paraguay. Guaraní both structures and punctures the book, surfacing in a sequence of jokes that double as poems, and introducing but leaving unresolved ambient questions about local histories of militarism, masculine bravado, and the outlook of the campos. Cutting across borders of every kind, Baéz’s poems attempt to reconcile the incomplete, contradictory, and inconsistent experiences of a speaking self that resides between languages, nations, and generations. Yaguareté White is a lyrical exploration of Paraguayan American identity and what it means to see through a colored whiteness in all of its tangled contradictions.

The University of Arizona Press, Booth #242 (Seats 1)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Poetry

Author: Diego Báez
What's New in Latino Poetry?
In this session we will invite three popular poets to discuss their approach to contemporary themes of Latino identity.

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poetry
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA Bookstore, Main Floor (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Diego Báez, Tim Z. Hernandez, Reyes Ramirez
Moderator: Paola Valenzuela

Book:
Yaguareté White
Poems
Poetry
University of Arizona Press
January 2024
ISBN 9780816552191
112 pages