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Poetry reading by José Olivarez

The Department of English and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are proud to present a reading by poet José Olivarez.

Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Black and white photo of poet José Olivarez wearing a hat "Citizen Illegal," was a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library.

Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology "The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT." He is the cohost of the poetry podcast The Poetry Gods and a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and the Conversation Literary Festival.

In 2019, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review and elsewhere. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers Magazine.

The reading is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow.