Latino/a Poetry Now: Reading by J. Michael Martínez, Carmen Giménez Smith, and Roberto Tejada

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12:00pm
The University of Arizona Poetry Center 1508 E. Helen Street Tucson, Arizona 85721

Co-sponsored by Letras Latinas/Poetry Society of America

This reading, showcasing a new generation of Latino/a poets, is part of “Latino/a Poetry Now,” a two-year national tour sponsored by Letras Latinas and the Poetry Society of America.

J. Michael Martínez’s first book, Heredities (Louisiana State University Press, 2010), received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. His poetry has been anthologized in Ahsahta Press’s The Arcadia Project: North
American Postmodern Pastoral
, Rescue Press’s forthcoming The New Census: 40 American Poets, and the forthcoming Beyond the Field: New Latin @ Writing. He serves as poetry editor of Noemi Press.

Carmen Giménez Smith’s most recent collection of poems, Goodbye, Flicker (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012), won the 2011 Juniper Prize for Poetry. Her other books include Odalisque in Pieces (University of Arizona Press,
2009), The City She Was (Center for Literary Publishing, 2011), and a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds (University of Arizona Press, 2010). She teaches in the Creative Writing program at New Mexico State University and serves as editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol and publisher of Noemi Press.

Roberto Tejada is the author of Mirrors for Gold (Krupskaya, 2006), Exposition Park (Wesleyan, 2010), and Full Foreground (University of Arizona Press, 2012). His books on art history include National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image
(2009) and A Ver: Celia Alvarez Muñoz (2009), both from the University of Minnesota Press. He founded and, together with Kristin Dykstra and Gabriel Bernal Granados, continues to co-edit the multilingual journal of poetry and poetics in translation Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas.