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Jazmina Barrera was born in Mexico City in 1988. She was a fellow at the Foundation for Mexican Letters. Her book of essays Cuerpo extraño (Foreign Body) was awarded the Latin American Voices prize from Literal Publishing in 2013. She has published her work in various print and digital media, such as Nexos, Este País, Dossier, Vice, El Malpensante, Letras Libres and Tierra Adentro. She has a Master's Degree in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University, which she completed with the support of a Fulbright grant. She was a grantee of the Young Creators program at FONCA. She is editor and co-founder of Ediciones Antílope. She lives in Mexico City.
Speaker
Sally Snowman is the Keeper of Boston Light, the nation’s oldest lighthouse station, 300 years old, out on Little Brewster Island. Sally is a Coast Guard Auxiliarist and the 70th keeper of Boston Light since 1716. She resides on the island with her husband, Jay Thomson.
October 6, 2020 | 1:30pm

On Lighthouses: A Conversation with Jazmina Barrera and Sally Snowman

Virtual Event

1:30 pm PT | 2:30 pm MT | 3:30 pm CT | 4:30 pm ET

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Two Lines Press joins Boston Harbor Now for a discussion of lighthouses and harboring with On Lighthouses author, Jazmina Barrera, and Sally Snowman, lighthouse keeper of the Boston Light.

This event will take place on Zoom. Register on eventbrite.

Be sure to pick up a copy of On Lighthouses from one of our favorite independent bookstores, Brookline Booksmith.

About On Lighthouses

Far from home, in the confines of a dim New York apartment where the oppressive skyscrapers further isolate her, Jazmina Barrera offers a tour of her lighthouses–those structures whose message is “first and foremost, that human beings are here.”

Starting with Robert Louis Stevenson’s grandfather, an engineer charged with illuminating the Scottish coastline, On Lighthouses artfully examines lighthouses from the Spanish to the Oregon coasts and those in the works of Virginia Woolf, Edgar Allan Poe, Ingmar Bergman, and many others.

In trying to “collect” lighthouses by obsessively describing them, Barrera begins to question the nature of writing, collecting, and how, by staring so intently at one thing we are only trying to avoid others. Equal parts personal memoir and literary history, On Lighthouses takes the reader on a desperate flight from raging sea to cold stone–from a hopeless isolation to a meaningful one–concluding at last in a place of peace: the home of a selfless, guiding light.

Contact:
Leslie-Ann Woofter
415.512.8812
Jazmina Barrera was born in Mexico City in 1988. She was a fellow at the Foundation for Mexican Letters. Her book of essays Cuerpo extraño (Foreign Body) was awarded the Latin American Voices prize from Literal Publishing in 2013. She has published her work in various print and digital media, such as Nexos, Este País, Dossier, Vice, El Malpensante, Letras Libres and Tierra Adentro. She has a Master's Degree in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University, which she completed with the support of a Fulbright grant. She was a grantee of the Young Creators program at FONCA. She is editor and co-founder of Ediciones Antílope. She lives in Mexico City.
Speaker
Sally Snowman is the Keeper of Boston Light, the nation’s oldest lighthouse station, 300 years old, out on Little Brewster Island. Sally is a Coast Guard Auxiliarist and the 70th keeper of Boston Light since 1716. She resides on the island with her husband, Jay Thomson.