March 17, 2014 Rigoberto González to Discuss Latino Poetry, April 10

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Poet, writer and book critic Rigoberto González will present a lecture titled “Latino Poetry: Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition” at the Library of Congress on April 10.

The lecture will start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

The Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center and the Library’s Hispanic Division are presenting the lecture, in collaboration with Letras Latinas, a literary organization affiliated with the Institute of Latino Studies at Notre Dame University.

González is an editor and author of non-fiction, poetry, novels and bilingual children’s books. He is the author of several books of poetry, including “Unpeopled Eden” (2013), “Black Blossoms” (2011), and “Other Fugitives and Other Strangers” (2006). Some of his novels include “Mariposa Gown” (2012), “Mariposa Club” (2010) and “Crossing Vines” (2003).

González is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a contributing editor for Poets and Writers and a founding member of the Advisory Circle of Con Tinta, a collective of Chicano/Latino activist-writers.

The Hispanic Division, established in 1939, is the Library of Congress’s center for the study of the cultures and societies of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, the Caribbean, and other areas with significant Spanish or Portuguese influence. For more information about the division’s resources and programs, visit

The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress fosters and enhances the public’s appreciation of literature. The center administers the endowed position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and coordinates an annual season of readings, performances, lectures, conferences and symposia. The center also sponsors high-profile prizes and fellowships for literary writers. For more information, visit

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