This book presents the groundbreaking Destructivist Poetics of multidisciplinary artist and scholar Tina Escaja. “Destructivismo,” a movement founded by Escaja (AKA Alm@ Perez) in 2014 with a poetic action in Vicente Huidobro’s grave, has become very influential in contemporary Spanish and Latin America poetry. It now comes to the English speaking world thanks to the work of renowned translator Kristin Dykstra. Definitely, this book is a must have for anyone interested in 21st Century poetics.
Tina Escaja (Alm@ Pérez) is a destructivist/a cyber-poet@, digital artist and scholar based in Burlington, Vermont. As a literary critic, she has published extensively on gender and contemporary Latin American and Spanish poetry and technology. Her creative work transcends the traditional book form, leaping into digital art, robotics, augmented reality and multimedia projects exhibited in museums and galleries in Spain, Mexico and the United States. Escaja has received numerous recognitions and awards, and her work has been translated into six languages. She is the instigator of the Destructivist/a movement, initiated on the grave of Vicente Huidobro in October of 2014.
Kristin Dykstra is editor and co-translator of Maqroll’s Prayer and Other Poems by Álvaro Mutis, forthcoming from New York Review Books in 2018. With Kent Johnson, she is co-editor of Materia Prima, an anthology of poetry by Amanda Berenguer forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2018. Dykstra’s recent translations include complete books by Reina María Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Flores, Angel Escobar, and Marcelo Morales, all published in bilingual editions from the University of Alabama Press. The Morales book was longlisted for the 2017 National Translation Award. She has also worked with Burlington writer Tina Escaja. Dykstra held a 2012 NEA Fellowship for Literary Translation and won the 2014 Gulf Coast Prize for Literary Translation.