November 30 at 7:00 PM


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Paco Marquez
Francisco Aragón
MK Chavez
Octavio Quintanilla
Adela Najarro
Paul Aponte
Arturo Mantecón
JoAnn Anglin
Tristan Beach
Betty Sánchez

Support the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). Hosted by Frank Graham, this reading features a bevy of activist poets. Listen and enjoy the work of Poet Laureate of San Antonio Octavio Quintanilla, Francisco Aragón, Adela Najarro, Paco Marquez, MK Chavez, Arturo Mantecón, Betty Sánchez, Tristan Beach, JoAnn Anglin, and Paul Aponte. To make a donation to the cause, please visit the following site:
Tentative Schedule
7:00pm Introduction
7:05 Paco Marquez
7:15 Francisco Aragón
7:30 MK Chavez
7:45 Octavio Quintanilla
8:00 Adela Najarro
8:10 Paul Aponte
8:20 Arturo Mantecón
8:30 JoAnn Anglin
8:40 Tristan Beach
8:50 Betty Sánchez
9:00 Closing remarks
Octavio Quintanilla is Poet Laureate of San Antonio. Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014). His work has appeared in Salamander, RHINO, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwestern American Literature, The Texas Observer, and elsewhere. He is a CantoMundo Fellow and holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. He is the regional editor for Texas Books in Review and teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the M.A./M.F.A. program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

Francisco Aragón is a San Francisco native, translator, poet, editor, and studied Spanish at the University of California at Berkeley and New York University. He earned an MA from the University of California at Davis and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame.
Aragón’s debut poetry collection, Puerta del Sol (2005), appeared in a bilingual edition, pairing poems originally composed in English with their Spanish-language “elaborations.” Aragón’s multi-genre book Glow of Our Sweat (2010) includes poems, translations, and an essay. His translations appear in Federico García Lorca’s Selected Verse: A Bilingual Edition (1996). The editor of Bilingual Press’s Canto Cosas poetry book series and the anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (2007), Aragon has seen his own poetry appear in many anthologies, including Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies (2001) and Mariposa: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (2008). The winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize, Aragon has served on the board of directors of the Association of Writers &Writing Programs. At the University of Notre Dame, Aragón directs Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies, and edits for Momotombo Press, which he founded.

MK Chavez is the award-winning author of Mothermorphosis and Dear Animal. She is the recipient of an Alameda County Arts Leadership Award, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Caldera, CantoMundo, and VONA.
She is an educator, editor, and curator of literary events including the reading series Lyrics & Dirges and co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She is the Poetry Editor at Rivet Literary Journal, and an editor at Nomadic Press.
You can find her most recent work in bags of coffee from Nomadic Coffee and on the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series.

Paco Márquez is a poet based out of Manhattan, author of the chapbook Portraits in G Minor (Folded Word Press, 2017). He has poems forthcoming in Fence, and previously published in Apogee, Ostrich Review, Live Mag! and Huizache. As Spanish Editor for William O’Daly, he assisted in translating Pablo Neruda’s initial book, Crepusculario, for the first time into English as, Book of Twilight, (Copper Canyon Press, 2017).