For the 2015 Indiana Latino Leadership Conference we have invited Joaquin Zihuatanejo, an award winning American slam poet and teacher. Zihuatanejo competed in the National Poetry Slam as part of the Dallas Poetry Slam team, where he placed third. He also appeared on HBO's Def Poetry in 2005. In 2008, he won the Individual World Poetry Slam and was the winner of the World Cup of Poetry Slam in 2009.
Buya, a Chicago-based ensemble which aims to preserve and advance Bomba which is Puerto Rico's oldest surviving African-Rooted Tradition.
Buya means "good spirit" in Taino, the language spoken among Puerto Rico's indigenous population. We strive to embody this idea. Through performances, workshops, and community engagement, Buya aims to preserve and advance the bomba tradition. This includes artistic dialogue with historians and performers from Puerto Rico, and collaborative work with various Chicago-based musicians and dancers from Belize (Laruni Hati), Haiti (Tamboula), and Mexico (JaroChicanos).