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Celebrating the Life

Event: National Poetry Month: Texas Poet Laureates Rosemary Catacalos and Dean Young read from their work. The event is free and open to the public.

When: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 10, 2014

Where: UFCU Student Learning Commons in the Perry-Castañeda Library at The University of Texas at Austin.

 Background: In celebration of National Poetry Month, the University of Texas Libraries hosts two notable Texas masters of verse to read from their acclaimed works.

Texas Poet Laureates Rosemary Catacalos (2013-14) and Dean Young (2014-15) will present readings in an evening program of the Libraries’ Ruth Stephan Poetry Collection at the Perry-Castañeda Library, followed by a discussion on the state and fate of poetry in the contemporary world with Lisa L. Moore of the English Department.

The event will also feature broadsides — graphic interpretations of poems and representative artwork —created by university design students, free copies of which will be distributed to the first 75 attendees. Catacalos’s and Young’s recent books will also be available for purchase.

The program is sponsored by the university’s English Department, New Writers Project and University of Texas Libraries, and co-sponsored by the Michener Center for Writers, Humanities Texas, Texas Commission on the Arts, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, Design in the Department of Art + Art History and Red Salmon Arts/Resistencia Books.

This program is made possible in part by a generous grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is free and open to the public.


Dean Young holds the William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas-Austin, and has received awards for his poetry including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Levinson Prize, the Colorado Poetry Prize, a Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Young’s poems are regularly selected for the Best American Poetry annual series.

Rosemary Catacalos has received awards for her poetry including the Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Prize, the Dobie Paisano Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, the Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship and the Macondo Foundation’s Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award. Her poetry has appeared in literary magazines including Southwest Review, The Progressive, and Parnassus: Poetry in Review. She has directed arts programs including the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Poetry Center/American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University, and Gemini Ink, a literary arts center in San Antonio.

Lisa L. Moore is Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Her recent books include Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes (Minnesota, 2011), the collection, co-edited with Omi Osun Jones and Sharon Bridgforth, Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project (Texas, 2010), and the collection, co-edited with Joanna Brooks and Caroline Wigginton, Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolution (Oxford, 2011). Her poems have appeared in BroadsidedSinister WisdomLavender Review, and other journals, and she won the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston Art/Lines Juried Poetry Competition in 2012.

Article published on April 1, 2014 - 8:43am

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