The César Chávez Day Celebration Program

Painting of César Chávez by Esther Claros-Berlioz, PhD - Miami University International Alumna, Class of 2019. Winning painting of the CAWC's "Latinidades in Ohio" art contest, 2016.

A proclamation on César Chávez Day, 2023
MARCH 30, 2023 | The White House, Presidential Actions


Leading Through Innovation and Creativity
for Transformative Inclusion

Thursday, March 30, 2023
Manuel Iris stands in a library

Words are also migrants: poetry as a translation of silence

Manuel Iris. Photography by Angie Lipscomb

A creative writing workshop led by Manuel Iris

3 - 4 p.m. | Shideler Hall, 032
250 S. Patterson Ave., Oxford, OH 45056

In this workshop, participants will discuss writing as a form of translating the silences of the human experience into words. The poet is a migrant of the human experience, a translator of silences. Keeping the dignity of the stories we share and hear is part of the poetic work. Migration, translation, and creativity are the central themes of this workshop.

I am from here: a dialogue on migration, humanity, and poetics

Lecture and Poetry Reading by Manuel Iris

5-6 p.m. | Lecture and Poetry Reading
6 p.m. | Book signing
McGuffey Hall 322
210 E. Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056

During this presentation, Manuel Iris will talk about his writing process and the development of his identity as a migrant poet in the US. He will read poems, in English and Spanish, to illustrate the link between life and poetics. After the presentation, he will engage in a conversation with the audience.

About the guest speaker

Manuel Iris, Miembro del Sistema Nacional de Creadores de México. Cincinnati Poet Laureate Emeritus (2018-2020).

To learn more about Manuel Iris visit:

Manuel Iris website

Announcing CHPL’s 2023 Writer-in-Residence: Manuel Iris

Student reflection

A Translation of Silence: The 2023 César Chávez Day Celebration

For more information, and opportunities for collaboration:

Contact Jacqueline Rioja Velarde, Chair of the César Chávez Day Celebration Program planning committee.

As a child of migrant workers who struggled just to get by, César Chávez knew the importance of having an economy that works for everyone and devoted his life to ensuring our Nation upheld the values upon which it was founded. On his birthday, we celebrate a man who reminded us that we all share a common humanity, each of us having our own value and contributing to the same destiny, and we carry forward his legacy by echoing his peaceful and eloquent calls for a more just and equal society.

~ United States of America, 2016 Presidential Proclamation, César Chávez Day