The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2016

Join Tagus Press and the Center for Portuguese Studies at UMassD
for three sessions on Lusofonia and Literature

May 7, 1:00-7:45 pm
Downtown New Bedford

Free! All invited!

Event Flyer (pdf)

viva portugal
Viva Portugal! - A Street Party of Portuguese
Culture! Downtown New Bedford, MA

Join Tagus Press and the Center for Portuguese Studies at UMassD for three sessions on Lusofonia and Literature.

Viva Portugal! - A Street Party of Portuguese Culture!
Downtown New Bedford, MA
May 7, 1:00-7:45 pm.
Free! All invited!

Oona Patrick: Portuguese American Writing Today
1:30 pm, Zeiterion Foyer Room
Discussant: Prof. Christopher Larkosh, Dept. of Portuguese, UMassD
Bio: Oona Patrick is a 2014 Fellow in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She earned a BA from Brown and an MFA in nonfiction from Bennington, and has taught memoir for Gotham Writers' Workshop. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, Gulf Coast, Hinchas de Poesía, Paragraph, Post Road, Provincetown Arts, The Puritan, Salamander, and elsewhere. Her work has been reprinted as a model essay in the writing textbook The Text-Wrestling Book (UMass Writing Program, 2005) and has been translated into Portuguese in the anthology Nem Cá Nem Lá: Portugal e América do Norte Entre Escritas (University of Lisbon, 2016). She has had Notable Essay mentions in Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. After traveling to Portugal for residencies in 2006 and 2009, she began serving as Luso-American Liaison for the Dzanc Books/CNC DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon during its formation in 2010. She is one of the cofounders of Presence/Presença, the first community for North American writers of the Portuguese and Lusophone diasporas.

Silvia Oliveira (RIC): Portuguese/Lusophone Women's Writing - Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen
3:00 pm, Zeiterion Foyer Room
Discussant: Diana Simões, PhD std in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies & Theory, UMassD
Bio: Sílvia Oliveira is Assistant Professor of Portuguese at Rhode Island College (RIC), coordinator of the Portuguese Studies Program in the Modern Languages Department, and faculty liaison to the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at RIC. She has published on aesthetics and politics in Portuguese and Brazilian literatures of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Portuguese short story of the 1960s, neorealism and post-neorealism in Portugal, poetic feminism, cynicism, and theory of mind. She is currently writing on Portuguese North-American literature and the aesthetics, politics,  pedagogy and place of ethnic studies in the 21st century.

Jarita Davis: Reading from her Poetry Book Return Flights
4:30 pm, Zeiterion Foyer Room
Discussant: Prof. Christopher Larkosh, Dept. of Portuguese, UMassD
Bio: Jarita Davis is a poet and fiction writer with a BA from Brown University and an MA and a PhD from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Her work has appeared in the Southwestern Review, Cave Canem AnthologiesCrab Orchard ReviewPlainsongsTuesday: An Art Project,Verdad Magazine, and the Cape Cod Poetry Review. She lives and writes in West Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Return Flights: These poems—varying from narrative to imagist to lyrical—reflect the “sodade” of Cape Verdean culture that is shaped by separation and longing—longing for the home that has been left behind and for loved ones who have departed. Cape Verdean communities extend beyond national boundaries and are paradoxically independent of place, even when inspired by it. Return Flights marks a turning point for Cape Verdean American culture, one in which a partially forgotten past becomes a starting point for possible futures, both of new transoceanic contacts and of new reinventions of culture.

For more information, please contact:
Christopher Larkosh -
Diana Simões -