Kicking off the day before Hispanic Heritage month, A.N.I.E will be launching its first event:

A Nation In Exile: Returning to the Root

September 14, 2023

Sitting at the intersection of Native Indigenous, African, and European relations, Latine culture begins our journey toward examination, reclamation and revival.
When asking the question: is there home to be found after exile, Latinx culture boasts a resounding yes, filled with flavor and flair.
Featuring performances by Marísa Grady, Amado Espinoza, Jose Faus, Robert Bordeaux, and Pedro X. Molina, Returning to the Root will be showcasing Hispanic and Indigenous artists who turn an unflinching eye toward our collective and individual condition of exile or bask in the light of reclaiming home.
This one day event will be in partnership with AIRR (Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation). 100% of ticket sales will be donated to AIRR. Each organization will be able to promote and invite the community into their work. Returning to the Root will take place at 21c Museum Hotel.


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Robert Bordeaux

Robert Bordeaux is a Siċaƞġu Lak̇ot̄a descendant who’s community is the Rosebud Reservation. He is a writer and poet whose work mainly focuses on our relationship with land, plant and animal relatives, and each other. His passions lie in language, culture, and land reclamation for the Siċaƞġu Lak̇ot̄a Oyate.

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Marísa Adame Grady

Marísa Adame Grady is what you get when parents push law school but there’s a prima-hermana (cousin-sister) constantly playing showtunes. Marísa houses her original projects within her small business, Colibrósa Productions. She has two poetry books released, and two short films to be released in later 2023. She is a Writing Resident at Charlotte Street and has been published in Crab Fat Magazine, Mad Swirl, the Glass: Poets Resist series, and more. Learn more at

José Faus

José Faus is an independent teacher/mentor, writer, performer, And painter with an interest in the role of artists as catalysts for community building. He is a co-founder of the Latino Writers Collective and sits on the boards of The Latino Writers Collective, Charlotte Street Foundation and the Full Frame Initiative. His writing appears in numerous anthologies. His chapbook This Town Like Thatwas released by Spartan Press. His second book of poetry The Life and Times of Jose Calderon was published by West 39 Press.

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Pedro Xavier Molina

Pedro Xavier Molina, better known as PxMolina, is a Nicaraguan cartoonist and journalist whose work has been published by national and international outlets and magazines for over two decades. His work focuses on political and social issues, denouncing human rights abuses and advocating for individual and collective rights. He is currently living in exile in the US, after the Ortega regime’s crackdown on dissent intensified in 2018. His work has received numerous awards, including the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent 2023, the Maria Moors Cabot 2019 Prize from Columbia University (USA), the 2021 Gabo Award for Excellence in journalism from GABO Foundation and the Excellence in Journalism/Cartooning Award 2018 granted by the Inter-American Press Association.

Amado Espinoza

Amado Espinoza is a Bolivian multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, and native instrument builder. He was the recipient of the Folk Alliance International 2022 Spirit of Folk award, a 2019 Lighton Foundation International Artist Grant, and the 2017 Charlotte St. Foundation Performing Arts Fellowship. Amado has opened TEDxKC, and played at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble Iberica. He has taught a masterclass at Berklee College of Music. Look out for the debut of his new meditation album.

Organization Partner

Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation (AIRR)

AIRR is striving to create a network that supports and empowers the undocumented immigrant community in the greater Kansas City area. The network provides tools and resources for people to be able to navigate their lives with confidence and pride. No person should live in fear of being torn apart from their family or home.


Individual Sponsors

Kathy Liao
Edgar Palacios
Dwight Smith
Nicolas Lopez
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