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Poetas: Celebrating Latinx Poets

June 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

We’re honored to host an incredible lineup of Chicago and New York Latinx poets this June. Join us as we celebrate these strong and incredibly talented Latinx poets at Volumes.

Vincent Toro is the author of “Stereo.Island.Mosaic.,” which won the Sawtooth Poetry Prize and The Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. He has an MFA in poetry from Rutgers University and is a contributing editor for Kweli Literary Journal. He is recipient of a Poet’s House Emerging Poets Fellowship, a NYFA Fellowship in Poetry, and the Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Award. A two time Pushcart Prize nominee and a finalist for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize, the Alice James Book Award, the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize, and the Cecile De Jongh Literary Prize, Vincent’s poems have been published in The Buenos Aires Review, Codex, Duende, The Acentos Review, The Caribbean Writer, Rattle, The Cortland Review, Vinyl, Saul Williams’ CHORUS, and Best American Experimental Writing 2015. Vincent was an artist in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida and at Can Serrat in Spain. He is a Macondo Foundation writer and a board member for GlobalWrites, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting literacy through technology. Vincent teaches at Bronx Community College, is Writing Liaison at Cooper Union’s Saturday Program, and is a poet in the schools for The Dreamyard Project and the Dodge Poetry Foundation.

Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta is an associate professor in the English Department of Bronx Community College-CUNY. She received her Ph.D. in English—Latinx literature, from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has presented and published her creative and scholarly work in London, England; Cartagena, Colombia; Catalonia, Spain; and throughout the United States. Her creative work is in In Full Color: A Collection of Stories by Women of Color, Love You Madly: Poems About Jazz, Nineteen Sixty Nine: An Ethnic Studies Journal, Voices de la Luna, MiPoesias, Pembroke Magazine, Private International Photo Review, ¡Tex! Magazine, the NAACP Image Award nominated Check the Rhyme, Chicago’s After Hours Journal, The Reproductive Freedom Anthology, and work forthcoming in Basta!: 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women, The Lauryn Hill Reader, Paterson Literary Review, American Studies Journal, and the Chicana/Latina Studies Journal. Her scholarly articles and essays can be found in The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, African American Women’s Language, The Handbook of Latinos and Education, Western American Literature, Diálogo, Salon, English Kills Review, The Kenyon Review, and VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She has received fellowships/grants from The Aspen Institute, Creative Capital, Kweli Journal, and CUNY, and was awarded UTSA Volunteer of the Year, and most recently BCC’s Latinx Faculty of the Year.

Ruben is the author of Next Extinct Mammal (Greenhouse Review Press, 2011) and translator of Luis Cernuda: Exiled from the Throne of Night (Aureole Press, 2008). Quesada is also editor of the anthology Latino Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry (forthcoming, University of New Mexico Press), a collection of essays by contemporary Latino poets on the art and composition of poetry. Quesada is founding editor of Codex Journal and co-founder of Stories & Queer. He is a blogger for Ploughshares, essays editor for the Rumpus, and senior editor of Queen Mob’s Tea House. His writing has appeared widely, in journals such as the American Poetry Review, Guernica, Third Coast, and Rattle, among others. He has been a fellow and resident at CantoMundo, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Red Lodge Clay Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, Lambda Literary Foundation Writer’s Retreat, and Idyllwild Arts Program. A former assistant professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, Quesada founded Logan’s Run Reading Series, Chicago’s only salon-style series featuring local and national Latino poets & writers.

ERIKA L SANCHEZ s is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. A poet, novelist, and essayist living in Chicago, her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, is forthcoming from Graywolf in July 2017, and her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, scheduled for fall 2017. She was recently named a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow. Erika has received a CantoMundo Fellowship, Bread Loaf Scholarship, and the 2013 “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize. In 2015, Erika was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation.

DANIEL BORZUTSKY grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, of Chilean heritage. He has published a collection of fiction, Arbitrary Tales (2005), a poetry chapbook, Failure in the Imagination (2007), and three full-length volumes of poetry: The Performance of Becoming Human (2016), winner of the National Book Award; The Book of Interfering Bodies (2011); and The Ecstasy of Capitulation (2007). Borzutzky’s work is often humorous and satirizes political figures and contemporary culture. Amy Groshek, reviewing The Ecstasy of Capitulation for CutBank, commented: “His syntactic strategies mirror closely those of absurdist poets, but he cleverly injects thin strings of narrative, using historical events and speakers, and the tone of these speakers, to give his poems coherence. His specialty is a manic, obsessive jargon peppered with legalisms, bureaucratic and corporate newspeak, and a positively twenty-first century fanaticism.” Borzutzky has translated a number of works by Chilean writers, including the poet Jaime Luis Huenún’s Port Trakl (2008) and the fiction of Juan Emas, published in a special issue of the Review of Contemporary Fiction in 2007. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Koç University in Istanbul, and Wilbur Wright College of the City Colleges of Chicago.

STEVE CASTRO’s poetry is forthcoming in Plume; Forklift, Ohio; Phantom Drift: A Journal of New Fabulism and in The Plume Anthology of Poetry 6. He was born in Costa Rica, earned his M.F.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. and edits poetry for decomP and Public Pool.


June 24, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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