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Oliver de la Paz to give virtual reading as Virginia Butts Sturm Writer-in-Residence

Author Oliver de la Paz will give a virtual reading as the 2020 Virginia Butts Sturm Writer-in-Residence. He will read on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. In addition to his reading, he will work with WVU creative writing students for the week.

Oliver de la Paz by Caleb Young

Oliver de la Paz is the author of five collections of poetry, “Names Above Houses” (SIU Press, 2001), “Furious Lullaby” (SIU Press, 2007), “Requiem for the Orchard” (University of Akron Press, 2010), winner of the Akron Prize for poetry chosen by Martìn Espada, “Post Subject: A Fable” (University of Akron Press, 2014) and the forthcoming book “The Boy in the Labyrinth” (University of Akron Press, 2019). He is the co-editor with Stacey Lynn Brown of “A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry” (University of Akron Press, 2012). He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry and is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

A recipient of a NYFA Fellowship Award and a GAP Grant from Artist Trust, his work has appeared in journals like Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House, Poetry and in anthologies such as “Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation.” He teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts Program at Pacific Lutheran University.

To register for the reading, please contact Marsha Bissett in the Department of English at