Victor Hernández Cruz will be the
at the 2009 Jean Burden Poetry Reading. The event will
take place on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 6:30pm in the
Golden Eagle Ballroom. A reception will follow the
reading, and copies of Cruz' books will be available
for sale and signing by the poet at the reading. Cruz'
poetry will also be available prior to the reading in the
Victor Hernández Cruz was born
in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, and moved to New York City
with his family when he was five years old.
By the time he
became a teenager, he had already completed a collection
of poetry, Papo Got
His Gun, and, at the age of twenty, published Snaps.
He has taught at San Francisco State
University, The University of Michigan, and The Universities of
California at Berkeley and San Diego.
Hernández Cruz has long been the defining poet of that
complex bridge between the Latino and mainland cultures of
the U.S. Maraca: New and Selected Poems 1965-2000 proves
the extraordinary range of this great, enduring poet,
whose articulately persuasive humor and intelligence bear
persistent witness to a meld of peoples."
Citation for the International Griffin Poetry Prize
A two-time World Heavyweight
Champion poet, his other works include Mainland,
By Lingual Wholes, Red Beans (a
Best Book of the Year), Panoramas,
Maraca: New &
Selected Poems (a finalist for both the Lenore
Marshall Poetry Prize and the Griffin Poetry Prize), and,
most recently, The
Mountain in the Sea. Together with Virgil Suarez and
Leroy Quintana, Cruz also edited the anthology Paper
Dance: 55 Latino Poets.
Featured on Bill Moyers’
“Language of Life” series, Cruz has received numerous
awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship and the New
York Poetry Foundation Award. He was elected as a
Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2008. He
currently divides his time between Morocco and Puerto
This event is made possible by the
CSULA Center for Contemporary Poetry and
Department of English, the College of Arts and Letters,
the CSULA Chicano Studies Department, The Huntington
Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Yankee
Magazine, the Association of Writers
and Writing Programs,
and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.
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