Presence/Presença provides a community for North American writers of the Portuguese diaspora. The group was formed in June 2011 at the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, in response to the relative absence of Luso-American voices in contemporary letters.
The name Presence/Presença is partially derived from one of Portugal's most influential literary journals of the early twentieth century. Presença was founded in Coimbra in March 1927 and concluded publication in 1940. Well-known writers from Portugal, Europe and Brazil were published within its pages including Miguel Torga, Fernando Pessoa and Pedro Homem de Mello, among others.
By including the English translation of the word Presença in our name, we acknowledge the importance as well as the use of the English language in many of our writings.
Presence/Presença forms as a group for Portuguese-N. American writers in Lisbon, Portugal during Frank X. Gaspar's "Writing the Luso Experience" workshop at the first DISQUIET: Dzanc Books International Literary Program.
Kale Soup for the Soul, held at the Chicago Cultural Center on March 02, is the first public group reading with Presence/Presença members.