Monday, January 19, 2009

Palabra Pura: John Murillo & Rafael Franco Steeves

PALABRA PURA: Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Reading begins at 7:30PM.
Cost: Free admission, all ages.
Location: Décima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis, Chicago

El primer Palabra Pura del 2009 será este miércoles, 21 de enero. Regresamos a Décima Musa con dos poetas excelentes. ¡Qué mejor manera de empezar el año! Me alegra sobre todo tener a Rafael, nuestra nueva acquisición de Puerto Rico a esta Ciudad de los Vientos. Como siempre, yo estaré allí de maestra de ceremonias para empezar un nuevo ciclo de poesía. Los espero.

The Guild's Complex Palabra Pura returns this Wednesday with two great Puerto Rican poets. Don't forget to bring your poems for the open mic.

John Murillo is a two time Larry Neal Writers' Award winner and the 2008-2009 Elma B. Stuckey Visiting Emerging Poet in Residence at Columbia College Chicago. A graduate of New York University's MFA program in creative writing, he has received fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cave Canem, and the New York Times. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, Lumina, and the anthology, DC Poets Against the War. In 2008, his work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Rafael Franco Steeves is one of the new generation of Puerto Rican writers to emerge in the 1990s. He lived in Colorado, Alaska and New York, but returned to the island in 1996, working as a journalist for The San Juan Star. He has written island dispatches for New York Newsday and The Orlando Sentinel, and his first short stories appeared in the UPR monthly magazine Diálogo and Huevo Crudo, which he helped found in 1992. Among his books are Alaska, a collection of stories winner of the 2007 First National Short Story Prize from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, and El peor de mis amigos (The worst of my friends) his first novel, (Editorial Callejón 2007). Most recently he is preparing a bilingual edition of Huevo Crudo in Chicago, where he currently resides. His first book of poetry, El amor es un viaje de ida nada más, will be published in 2009.

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