Meet the collective of women whose work and lives have converged. Together, they co-manage Cultura in Pilsen.
Luz Chávez is a founding member of Gozamos, an online arts and activism magazine for [email protected] millennials launched in 2010. With strong female and queer representation in its leadership, Gozamos is one of the few [email protected] magazines dedicated to fighting the -isms [email protected] face in and out of our communities. Gozamos is based at Cultura in Pilsen, which Luz also co-manages. She also co-founded two of Gozamos’s community initiatives, Chicago Latino Writers Initiative and [email protected] Techies. By day, Luz continues her 15-year career in educational publishing.
I.D. Palacios is a member of Gozamos, the aforementioned non-profit, volunteer-run online magazine and collective that focuses issues and arts salient to Latinx communities. For Gozamos, Ilene contributes editing, management, social media engagement, art- and activism-minded articles and event organizing. Additionally, Ilene is an organizer for Vives Q, an annual series by and for members of the queer Latinx community, which features performances, art, music and intergenerational dialogue via interviews with community leaders and activists.
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. In addition, Jennifer is part of the management group of Cultura in Pilsen.