April 3: Conversations with Poet Alberto Ríos

Join us Wednesday, April 3
Kerr-McGee Auditorium, Meinders School of Business
NW 26th & N. McKinley
Oklahoma City University

10-11 AM, informal poetry reading and discussion of writing process,  followed by a book signing
7:00-7:45 PM open mic for area poets preceding the formal reading
8:00-9:00 PM formal reading, open to the public, followed by a book signing

All events are free and open to the public.

Books will be for sale on site from
Full Circle Book Store

Alberto Ríos is the child of a Mexican father and English mother who grew up in Nogales, Arizona. As his publisher puts it, “Alberto Ríos explains the world through magic.” Many of his poems capture the everyday nuances of lives that straddle the US/Mexico border, “lyric adventures, crossing boundaries as they move easily between cultures, languages, and sensibilities. Drawing upon fable, parable, and family legend, Ríos utilizes the intense, supple imagination of childhood to reveal essential relationships in all their mystery and wonder.”
Ríos is an endowed Professor of English and Director of the Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University-Tempe. He has published ten books and chapbooks of original poetry, three short story collections, and a memoir. Among his notable poetry books are
  • His most recent book The Dangerous Shirt
  • 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award-winner The Theater of the Night
  • National Book Award finalist The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body
  • Walt Whitman Award-winner Whispering to the Fool Wind 
His story collections include The Curtain of Trees, Pig Cookies, and The Iguana Killer, which won the first Western States Book Award for Fiction, judged by Robert Penn Warren. His memoir about growing up on the Mexico-Arizona border, Capirotada, won the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award and was designated the OneBookArizona choice for 2009. His work has garnered attention from professional literary critics, who have studied his use of metaphor, his depiction of place, and his understanding of the cultures of the US/Mexico border. In 2014 Rios was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.
A recent HERE for a recent public radio interview with Ríos about living on the border;
Explore more of his’ poems at https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poems
Or listen to him read:


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