- Guest Artist
The Trouble with My Name is a high-octane, hilarious one-man show.
Dr. Javier Ávila, author, poet, and professor of English at Northampton Community College, presents his acclaimed high-octane, hilarious one-man show, The Trouble with My Name. Admission is free, but monetary donations and supplies to help rebuild Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricane María will be accepted. The Trouble with My Name consolidates Ávila’s talents as a poet and professor. The autobiographical journey moves between cultures to provide a fascinating perspective of the American Latino struggle to dispel misconceptions about identity and place in the world. The performance examines issues of language, race, and social justice through the story of his life and poetry, illustrating what it means to be the American of the future.
Ávila was named the 2015 PA Professor of the Year, the first Latino to ever receive the award. His bestselling novel, Different, became an award-winning film entitled Miente, screened in over a dozen countries. His poetry books The Symmetry of Time and The Dead Man’s Position earned awards from the Pen Club and The Puerto Rico Institute of Culture. Other books include Broken Glass on the Carpet, The Professor in Ruins, and The Oldest Profession. Click HERE for his website. This is a 5 x 10 event for LU Students.
The Notations Series is presented by the Lehigh University Creative Writing Program, Visiting Lecturers Committee and Zoellner Arts Center with support from an Anonymous Donor.
Click HERE for information regarding Puerto Rico Relief.
Freedom High School, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Just Born, The Fé Foundation, Lehigh University and Northampton Community College. Students from Northampton Community College and Freedom High School will be on-site at the show, gathering donations and preparing them for transportation. Suggested donations include: first aid kits, LED candles, garbage bags, flashlights, portable radios, batteries, can openers, canned foods and milk, baby food, baby formula, soap, baby wipes, diapers, water filtration bottles, bug repellent, feminine hygiene products, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, and solar light bulbs.