Colorado State University - Pueblo reading series poet focuses on environmentalism

Colorado State University - Pueblo reading series poet focuses on environmentalism

PUEBLO - Pueblo Poet Maria Melendez will share poetry focused on environmentalism and other nature-related topics as part of the next Southern Colorado Reading series beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 in Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Occhiato University Center Cottonwood Room. The free reading will celebrate her soon-to-be released collection of poetry, Flexible Bones.

Pueblo poet Maria Melendez, the new editor/publisher for Pilgrimage magazine, has taught creative writing and American literature at Utah State University and Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind.  Her work in community outreach and education includes five years as a poet-teacher in K-12 classrooms with California Poets in the Schools, and three years as writer-in-residence at the UC Davis Arboretum, where she taught environmental writing workshops for the public.  Her poetry collection How Long She'll Last in This World (University of Arizona Press, 2006), received Honorable Mention at the 2007 International Latino Book Awards and was named a finalist for the 2007 PEN Center USA Literary Awards.  Flexible Bones, her third collection of poetry, is forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press in 2010. 

Melendez’s work will be available for sale at the reading as well as other readers' books through the CSU-Pueblo Bookstore.  For more information, contact Juan J. Morales, assistant professor and director of creative writing at 549-2082 or

Mark your calendars for additional readings this semester:

March 9:  Steven Wingate, 7 pm, OUC Cottonwood Room
April 15:  (RESCHEDULED)  Ali Hasan, 7 pm, CSU-Pueblo Art Gallery

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