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March 27, 2013

Visiting Writers Series Features Poetry of Ray Gonzalez

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  • Visiting Writers Series presents poet Ray Gonzalez
  • Monday, April 1 at noon
  • Walb Student Union, Rooms G21 and G21A
  • Free and open to the public
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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) Visiting Writers Series is pleased to present one of the premier poets in the country, Ray Gonzalez, Monday, April 1, at noon in Walb Student Union, Room G21-21A. Gonzalez, a native of El Paso, Texas, now lives in Minneapolis where he is a professor of English and the former director of creative writing at the University of Minnesota. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Gonzalez is the author of numerous books of poetry, including The Heat of Arrivals, recipient of the 1997 PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award; Cabato Sentora, a finalist for the 2000 Minnesota Book Award; The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande, winner of a 2003 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry; Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems; Cool Auditor: Prose Poems; and the forthcoming Beautiful Wall. Turtle Pictures, a mixed-genre text, received the 2001 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry.

His poetry has appeared in several editions of The Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses 2000. He is the author of three collections of essays: Memory Fever; The Underground Heart: A Return to a Hidden Landscape; and Renaming the Earth: Personal Essays. He has written two collections of short stories, The Ghost of John Wayne and Circling the Tortilla Dragon. He is the editor of 12 anthologies, most recently Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the U.S. and Latin America. He has served as poetry editor of The Bloomsbury Review for 30 years and founded LUNA, a poetry journal, in 1998.

VWS is made possible through the support of several IPFW sponsors: the Department of English and Linguistics, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. The program is also grateful to College Access TeleVision at IPFW, which records and broadcasts VWS events, and to anonymous donors.

For more information, contact Professor George Kalamaras at 260-481-6756 or