Máquina de Lavar

Is a literary collective of six women who have worked together for three years, transforming language into po- tent thoughts and feelings. The free-spirited members of Máquina de Lavar are interested in freeing truth from literature, and raising awareness about class and gender. They write poems that are dis- tilled into a collective voice and later recited in always-surprising performances. In the poem La pija de Hegel, they challenge men who mount the bandwagon of equal rights but don’t bother to re- turn their partners’ calls after sleeping with them. Marina Mariasch is a translator and culture critic who works on gender, diversity and human rights issues. She has published “Coming Attractions,” “XXX,” and “Tigre y león” through the Siesta imprint, which she founded in the early ’90s.