Veracruz poet Juan Hernández Ramírez reads the first section of his prizewinning poem "Chikome Xochitl" in the Huastecan Nahuatl. Translated by Adam Coon with David Shook from both Huastecan Nahuatl and Spanish—Hernández's creative process employs both in dialogue with one another—this poem and an accompanying note will appear in the print edition of World Literature Today (Jan. - Feb. 2014). The Nahuatl- and Spanish-language texts will appear online. worldliteraturetoday.com
A further selection of Juan Hernández Ramírez's poetry will appear in an anthology of indigenous Mexican poetry forthcoming from Phoneme Media in 2014. phonememedia.org
Video shot in Veracruz by Adam Coon. Subtitled in Los Angeles by David Shook. Poem © Juan Hernández Ramírez, 2013. Translation © Adam Coon and David Shook, 2013.