F142. “Writing’s Not A Race”: A Poetry Reading & Discussion

Portland Ballroom 252, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, March 29, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


“[T]he writing will take place slowly—and that’s alright, writing’s not a race,” pronounced a distinguished poet-critic in a recently published book. Five poets read from forthcoming poetry collections that have all been—unapologetically and by design—“in-progress” for ten to fifteen years. Following the reading, the poets will briefly share why this pace of production and publication suits them, offering a perhaps less fashionable but no less valid model and tradition of artistic practice.



Francisco Aragón is the author of Puerta del Sol and Glow of Our Sweat. He is also the editor of the award-winning anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry. A third book, After Rubén, is forthcoming. He directs Letras Latinas, the literary program at Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies.

John Murillo is the author of the poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie, and an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University.

Diana Marie Delgado's first poetry collection, Tracing the Horse, is forthcoming. She is the author of Late Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust. She is a 2017 NEA Fellow in Poetry.

Gina Franco is the author of the poetry collection, The Keepsake Storm. She teaches writing and literature at Knox College in Illinois, and she is an oblate with the monastic Community of St John.

Brenda Cárdenas, Associate Professor of English at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, has authored the poetry collections Boomerang and From the Tongues of Brick and Stone, and has co-edited Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance and Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest.


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