Literary Calaveras


A Mexican literary form, literary calaveras are sly poetic epitaphs, critiquing the living – political or cultural figures as well as personal friends or family members – as if they were already passed from this world. Literary calaveras are a way of getting political or personal critique out in a humorous and subversive way, taking public figures or personal relations and exaggerating their features, traits, defects and vices for humorous effect. José Guadalupe Posada, “printmaker to the Mexican people” whose satirical and politically acute calaveras are most closely associated with El Día de los Muertos, used his calaveras to print broadsides which he also illustrated. Following in the tradition of Posada, we will write calaveras then, using silkscreen printmaking, make a series of prints for you to take home. All equipment and materials provided. No prior experience necessary.

When: Sunday, October 21, 12:00-5:00pm
Where: The Fine Arts Work Center, Michael Mazur Print Studio
Instructor: Vicky Tomayko  – Artist, Teacher, Musician
Instructor: Dawn Walsh – Festival Director, Death Educator, Arts Administrator
Materials: Provided
Cost: Suggested donation $10, plus $5 materials fee
To Register: Email