Rosa Alcalá visits George Mason University's Fairfax Campus for two events in early November—including the next reading in the Creative Writing Program's Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Reading Room.
In addition to that reading, Alcalá will speak about her translations of work by poet and artist Cecilia Vicuña on the preceding night: Wednesday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gillespie Gallery of the Art & Design Building.
Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry: Undocumentaries, The Lust of Unsentimental Waters, and MyOTHER TONGUE. Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies, including The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them; The Fate of Difficulty in the Poetry of Our Time; and American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement.
Her work as a translator has focused on contemporary Latin American women poets living in the U.S. Recent publications include two edited volumes: Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña and Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, and finalist for a PEN Translation Award.
Born in Paterson, NJ to Spanish immigrants, she now teaches in the Bilingual MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at El Paso.
October 17, 2019