Glendale Community College presents Arizona’s poet laureate sharing his journey, “From Nogales Boy to Poet Laureate: A Latino’s Journey,” in celebration of Latine Month.
Alberto Ríos will discuss his cultural background and will read from his award winning work starting at noon Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Ríos, Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate and a recent chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, is the author of 12 books and chapbooks of poetry, including “The Theater of Night,” winner of the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, three collections of short stories, and a memoir about growing up on the border, “Capirotada.”
His book “The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body” was a finalist for the National Book Award. Ríos is the recipient of numerous accolades, and his work is included in more than 300 national and international literary anthologies.
He is also the recent host of the PBS programs “Art in the 48” and “Books & Co.,” for which he won a 2020 Rocky Mountain Emmy Award.
Ríos is a University Professor of Letters, Regents’ Professor, and the Katharine C. Turner Chair in English at Arizona State University. In 2017, he was named director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
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