Images from the Ingmar Bergman film Persona ran silently on the floor-to-ceiling screen behind the writers, who read from The Light Box’s wooden stage.
Iglesias, in a strapless white dress that showed the expressionistic tattoos across her arms and shoulders, spoke in a clear, deep voice, making frequent eye contact with the audience. Crespo read with her arms folded on the table, her bright red bob glowing under the stage lights.
José A. Villar-Portela (editor of Jai Alai), who introduced the poets, said: “these two are perhaps the most direct descendants of Reina María Rodriguez—though they go a step beyond what she does." He explained that "Generation Zero" is a loose appellation largely signifying work published after the year 2000.
Once the reading was over, audience members hurried to buy books and speak to the writers. “My God,” said one woman, staring dreamily at the empty stage, “that was so beautiful.”