“The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry ON TOUR”
Thursday, September 25, 7 PM
Hugo House Cabaret
Making its third stop on a multi-city tour—
4 poets read from the anthology that won
(“poetry in English”)
at the 2008 International Latino Book Awards
Richard Hugo House is located at 1634 Eleventh Avenue in Seattle. Parking is available to the rear of the building and on the street. FREE. For more information, call: (206) 322-7030
Richard Blanco 's first book, City of a Hundred Fires (University of Pittsburgh) was the winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. His second collection, Directions to the Beach of the Dead (University of Arizona Press) won PEN American's “Beyond Margins” award. His poems have appeared widely, incuding in The Best American Poetry and Great American Prose Poems , and have been featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Blanco holds a BS in civil engineering and an MFA in creative writing. He lives in Miami, where he writes and works as a consultant engineer.
María Meléndez is the author of the poetry collection, How Long She'll Last in This World (University of Arizona Press), which was a finalist for the A PEN West award. She has authored one chapbook of poetry, Base Pairs (Swan Scythe Press) and edited two anthologies, Nest of Freedom and Moon Won't Leave Me Alone . Her work has been published widely, including in Puerto del Sol and International Quarterly . She is a contributing editor of Latino Poetry Review ( LPR ) and Momotombo Press. She lives in Logan, UT and teaches writing and ethnic literature at Utah State University.
Steven Cordova is the author of the chapbook Slow Dissolve (Momotombo Press) and the forthcoming full-length collection , Long Distance (Bilingual Press). A native of San Antonio, he has published poems in Art & Understanding , Barrow Street , The Journal , Callaloo and other publications. His work also appeared in the anthology, Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English (Wesleyan University Press). He holds a degree from the University of Texas in Austin and works and lives in New York City.
Deborah Parédez is the author of the poetry collection, This Side of Skin (Wings Press). Her work has appeared in various anthologies, including Daughters of the Fifth Sun: A Collection of U.S. Latina Fiction and Poetry (Putman), This Promiscuous Light (Wings Press), as well as various literary journals. A native of San Antonio, she has lived in Seattle, Chicago, and New York City. She teaches in the theater department at the University of Texas in Austin.
This event is supported in part by the Ford Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Southwest Airlines through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts. Letras Latinas is the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The Guild Complex is a community-based literary organization in Chicago.