Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs with Scooter Clair & Chloe Platt

Esteemed poet, anthology editor, and Seattle University professor Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs visits down the street from her campus this evening, to read from and discuss her recent work. Her newest poetry collection, of several, is ¿How Many Indians Can We Be? (FlowerSong Press).

“East Indians, Mestizas, and Native peoples are the threads that weave Gutiérrez y Muhs’ lovely bilingual collection ¿How Many Indians Can we Be? What her poems seek to do is conjure the connections aligned with the suffering of the colonized familiar. By doing so Gutiérrez y Muhs develops other ways of seeing in which the connections prove resilient in the light of such violence.  More so, Gutiérrez y Muhs’ hopefulness celebrates a woman’s capacity to create under such conditions. Xochiquetzal may have been the patron of weavers, but it is Gutiérrez y Muhs whose words weave cadences of bilingualism, colorful nuances of cultural exchanges in an unforgettable fabric of poetry.” - Helena María Viramontes.

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs’ candid prose and soulful translanguaging is a rare find. Este poemario es un caleidoscopio de paisajes, pensamientos, personas, personajes, costumbres, vestimentas, rituales, y voces que la poeta recoge a través de su viaje por India y por su memoria histórica como india, chicana, mestiza, atravesada. Gutiérrez y Muhs epitomiza el encuentro subalterno del que nos habla Spivak, ese translanguaging e intersección de códigos que alienan al sujeto occidental para darle lugar a la voz desde un espacio intersticial, desde las borderlands de Anzaldúa. This poetry collection is for los atravesados. It is una nueva palabra vieja, una voz que hace eco en las Antiguas, un huehuetlahtolli, un florecimiento de ritmos, in xóchitl in cuícatl. Sweet, melodic, audacious, and irreverent, Gutiérrez y Muhs gifts us a decolonial perspective that exemplifies our Xicanx literary tradition. ¿How Many Indians Can We Be? is an encuentro de almas, un apapacho, an embracement of the other that is us.” - José Juan Gómez-Becerra.

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is also co-editor of the extraordinary bilingual, international poetry anthology, In Xochitl, In Cuícatl, published out of Madrid. 

Reading with Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs this evening will be Scooter Clair and Chloe Platt, each of them poetry writing students at Seattle University.


¿How Many Indians Can We Be? By Gabriella Gutiérrez Y. Muhs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953447555
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flowersong Press - April 26th, 2022

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Friday, September 23, 2022 - 7:00pm
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