Writing from Our Immigrant Hearts, Sunday, May 7 at 2:00pm, Mt. View Mausoleum
As a bilingual poet, Lisbeth Coiman strives to magnify the voices of the struggle in Venezuela, those who migrate out of despair, and those who stay behind to fight a thousand battles for freedom. In her poetry, she seeks to create awareness about the human rights violations and the humanitarian crisis afflicting her homeland and those she holds dear to her heart. She identifies herself as a brown woman who speaks the languages of the colonizers of the Americas, rhotic R’s spilling off her tongue, crossing over intersections of race, gender, mental health, and immigration. Coiman has wandered the immigration path from Venezuela, to Canada, to USA, leaving pieces of her heart scattered in the places she’s lived. She lives in California, where she teaches literacy skills and English as a Second Language to adult immigrants. LisbethCoiman.com.