Meet the women whose work and lives have converged. Together, they co-manage Cultura in Pilsen.
I.D. Palacios is a contributing editor of Gozamos, a non-profit, volunteer-run online magazine and collective that focuses issues and arts salient to Latinx communities. Additionally, she is an organizer for Vives Q, an annual series by and for members of the queer Latinx community, which features performances, music and intergenerational dialogue with community leaders and activists. By day, Ilene works a corporate job in the legal field, and in her spare time she enjoys binge-watching TV shows, gaining knowledge through reading and popular education, and taking care of her plant babies.
Moira Pujols is the executive director of contratiempo, which publishes and presents first-rate literary and cultural journalism work in Spanish by pan-Latino immigrant communities. Moira builds partnerships and creates and manages a broad range of contratiempo programs, including the publishing of its flagship contratiempo magazine. She co-founded and developed Poesía en Abril, the only international Spanish language poetry festival in the Midwest. As a long-established language consultant, Moira has worked with many national and international non-profit, commercial and government clients and was the founding president of the Midwest Translators and Interpreters Association.
Jennifer Smith is the executive director of Cuentos Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that creates and facilitates cross-cultural interdisciplinary art programs giving voice to the stories (cuentos) of our diverse communities. Cuentos Foundation believes that art is a transformative catalyst for effecting positive social change, which is why it is the fiscal sponsor of Cultura in Pilsen. Jennifer also works closely with a collective of indigenous artists in Oaxaca, México, known as Puech Ikots, to support and promote their work in the United States.