Latina/o/x Identity, Popular Culture, and Arts Education with Poet José Olivarez

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (All day)

Ariana Ruiz (Department of Spanish & Portuguese), Thomas Arce (Program Coordinator, Latino Native American Cultural Center), and Isabela Flores (Undergrad Education major, Latina/o Studies minor, Student Lead at LNACC) will host a one-day program featuring a poetry workshop, poetry reading, and discussion with Latinx poet, educator, and performer José Olivarez.

Poetry Workshop
Tuesday, October 23, 2019
12:30-1:30 p.m.
University Capitol Centre, Room 2750
Join José Olivarez for a poetry workhop and discussion on the crative writing process! Lunch will be provided for the first 20 registrants. Register by October 12 at

Poetry Reading
Tuesday, October 23, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Latino Native American Cultural Center, 308 Melrose Ave., Iowa City
Gather at the LNACC for a reading and Q&A with Olivarez. Refreshments will be provided after the reading. 

José Olivarez is the author of the book of poems Citizen Illegal, a finalist for the prestigious PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets, Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He co-hosts the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods, and is a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Conversation Literary Festival.

Free and open to all.

This event is hosted by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and the Latino Native American Cultural Center, with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the International Writing Program, the College of Education, Imagining Latinidades Sawyer Seminar, Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing, Tippie College of Business, Latina/o Studies Program, Department of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Department of American Studies, Department of English, and the UI Center for Human Rights.