Colorado State University - Pueblo Reading Series presents local poets next week

Colorado State University - Pueblo Reading Series presents local poets next week

PUEBLO – Hispanic Heritage Month events continue at Colorado State University-Pueblo next week with a Southern Colorado Reading Series poetry reading.  Local poets Maria Melendez, Juliana Aragón Fatula, and Juan J. Morales will be reading at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5 in Crestone Hall.  The free event also will include refreshments and the flute and guitar music of Dr. Derek Lopez, Director of the First Year Program. 

Maria Melendez is editor and publisher of Pilgrimage, a literary magazine emphasizing poetry and personal essays from the greater Southwest.  University of Arizona Press has published two of her poetry collections: How Long She'll Last in This World (2006), and Flexible Bones (2010), a finalist for the Colorado Book Award.  She is an instructor in the English Department at Pueblo Community College and works as a freelance editor to help new and established writers strengthen their own work.

Colorado native Juliana Aragón Fatula descends from generations of healers and story tellers. Her first collection of poems, Crazy Chicana in Catholic City was published in 2009 by Ghost Road Press and her screenplay, Peaceful Sleep (co-written with Davon Johnson) placed at the Global Arts Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2007.  During the 1990s, she performed Chicano Theatre with Su Teatro and entertained the troops in Sicily, the Azores, the Persian Gulf, and Diego Garcia for the Department of Defense.  She is a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop in San Antonio, TX, and lives in Cañon City.

Juan J. Morales was born in the U.S. to an Ecuadorian mother and a Puerto Rican father and is the author of Friday and the Year that Followed (2006).  His poetry has also appeared in Acentos Review, Copper Nickel, Palabra, Poet Lore, Washington Square, Zone 3, and other journals.  He is a CantoMundo Fellow, a member of the Con Tinta Advisory Circle, and the director of creative writing and an assistant professor at CSU-Pueblo. 

Authors’ books will be available for sale at the reading and throughout the year at the CSU-Pueblo Bookstore.  For more information, contact Morales at 549-2082 or

The Southern Colorado Reading Series is co-sponsored by the Diversity Resource Center and the English and Foreign Languages Department and brings established and published writers to CSU-Pueblo, where they give community readings and expose students to the world of creative writing.

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