Anarchist Poetry, Revolutionary Propaganda, and a Prison Library: Examining the Textual Legacy of Mexico’s Magonismo and Its Resonances Today

Anarchist Poetry, Revolutionary Propaganda, and a Prison Library: Examining the Textual Legacy of Mexico’s Magonismo and Its Resonances Today

Friday, December 11, 2020 at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)
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Through an examination of renowned Mexican anarchist Enrique Flores Magon’s library, Diego Flores Magon traces the impact of Mexican anarchist thought Magonismo, its influences on revolutionary movements in Mexico and the US during the early 1900s, and its resonances today. Starting with the radical “prison library” that Enrique’s brother Ricardo circulated during his incarceration in Leavenworth Penitentiary (Kansas) to the numerous informally published pamphlets of Ricardo’s writing that were sold by solidarity organizers for his legal fund, to anarchist poetry inspired by Magonismo, Diego analyzes how Mexican anarchist thought crossed geographic and temporal borders and reflects on the impact of the Flores Magon revolutionary textual legacy. Through his revitalization of La Casa del Hijo de El Ahuizote, the original Flores Magon printing space in Mexico City’s historic city center, Diego discusses current printing efforts imbued by the spirit of Magonismo and the process of creating facsimile editions of rare anarchist newspapers and poetry found in the Flores Magon library.

Diego's presentation will be given in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation into English by Antena Los Angeles.

This event is co-sponsored by UCLA Library.

Speaker Bio: Diego Flores Magon is the founder and director of the Casa del Ahuizote (Mexico City) and has coordinated numerous documentary heritage projects related to archives, print publications and museums. In 2011, his work was recognized with a Mention of Archival Merit by Mexico’s National Archives. In addition to his diverse editorial projects, Flores Magon is a Jovenes Creadores literary fellow and the co-founder of Rrreplica, an annual event for “disobedient presses.” His recent published works include editing the volume Antologia de testimonios de precursores de la revolucion mexicana (Camara de Diputados / Casa del Ahuizote, 2020), authoring the essay “1985” (1968-2018: Historia Colectiva de Medio Siglo, UNAM, 2018), and a feature in “Living Archives: A Conversation Between Descendants of the PLM [Partido Liberal Mexicano]” that was part of the Vincent Price Art Museum’s catalog, Regeneracion: Three Generations of Revolutionary Ideology (2018). 

Event hosted by

The Bibliographical Society of America
P.O. Box 1537, Lenox Hill Station
New York, NY, 10021
Erin McGuirl, Executive Director
bsa@bibsocamer.org

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