Pioneers in Cuba’s rap scene, female MCs Las Krudas, Odaymara Cuesta, left, and Olivia Prendes began rapping about a decade ago. They left behind their life in Cuba, and now call Austin home.
Photo by Alberto Martinez/American-Statesman

The extraordinary range of U.S. Latino experiences translates into a rich mix of diverse cultural art works, from Afro-Mexican poetry to Chicano political cartoons. For more than a decade, the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at the University of Texas has been celebrating the diversity within U.S. Latino arts and culture with ¡A Viva Voz!

In its 13th edition, ¡A Viva Voz! will bring together Central Texas-based poets and spoken word artists to share unique perspectives on migration and identity on April 2 starting at 7 p.m.

Featured artists include Cuban hip-hop duo Las Krudas, Afro-Mexican poet and author Ariana Brown, educator and Third Root hip-hop collective member Marco Cervantes, and historian/poet/educator Teresa Palomo Acosta. Poet and playwright Celeste Guzmán Mendoza will moderate the event, which will include light refreshments.

¡A Viva Voz! began as a way introduce community members to the rich resources found at the Benson. “It continues to be important for those reasons, particularly as the Latina/o population increases in and around Austin,” according to Margo Gutiérrez, U.S. Latina/o Studies Librarian at the Benson Latin American Collection.

Find the Benson at Sid Richardson Hall Unit 1, 2300 Red River St., on the UT campus.