Nationally acclaimed poet Alberto Rios will speak in the Foley Teleconference Center at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 19. The event is free and open to the public.
Ríos’ nine collections of poetry include "The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body," which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and most recently The Theater of Night. He has also written three volumes of short stories and a memoir, "Capirotada," about growing up on the Mexican border, which won the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award.
Ríos is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Walt Whitman Award, the Western States Book Award for Fiction, and six Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and fiction.
His work is regularly taught and translated and has been adapted to dance and both classical and popular music. A Regent’s Professor and the Katharine C. Turner Chair in English, Ríos has taught for the past 25 years at Arizona State University.
For more information, contact GU English Associate Professor Tod Marshall at (509) 323-6681.