CSU–Pueblo hosts poet in first Southern Colorado reading series

The son and grandson of migrant farm workers who became an award-winning poet will be the first presenter in the Southern Colorado Reading Series for the fall semester at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Author Rigoberto González will read at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 17 in CSU-Pueblo’s Diversity Resource Center, OUC 031. 

Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Rogoberto also will give a workshop and talk on writing at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16 in Psychology 205.  Both events are free.

Born in Bakersfield, California and raised in Michoacán, Mexico, González is the son and grandson of migrant farmworkers.  He is the author of two poetry books, So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks, a National Poetry Series selection, and Other Fugitives and Other Strangers; the novel Crossing Vines; the story collection Men without Bliss; the memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation; two children’s books: Soledad Sigh-Sighs and Antonio’s Card. A third collection of poetry, Black Blossoms, will be published in 2011 by Four Way Books. 

González has received Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, is a contributing editor for Poets and Writers Magazine, and serves on the boards of directors for the National Book Critic Circle and  on the Advisory Circle of Con Tinta, a collective of Chicano/Latino activist writers.  His monthly book review column with the El Paso (TX) Times is entering its seventh year, and he regularly blogs at Critical Mass.  He teaches at the writing program of Rutgers University in Newark, where he is associate professor of English. González’s books will be available for sale at the events through the CSU-Pueblo Bookstore. 

For more information, Juan J. Morales, assistant professor and director of creative writing at 549-2082 or juan.morales@colostate-pueblo.edu or find additional information about the author at http://rigobertogonzalez.com/. A complete list of Hispanic Heritage Month events may be found at http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/studentactivities. For more information about future events, contact the Office of Student Activities at 719-549-2151.

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