F237. The Ice Worker Still Sings: 20th Anniversary of a Classic Text

E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Of Andrés Montoya’s book, noted poet-critic Rigoberto González wrote, in 2008: “[I]n this generation, The Ice Worker Sings should be known as the finest book of poetry to come out of our community.” 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of this classic text, winner of an American Book Award after the poet’s death, and recently re-issued. Five published Latinx poets, none of whom knew Montoya personally, discuss what this seminal book of poetry has meant to their work and their artistic sensibilities.



Manuel Paul López’s books and chapbook include These Days of Candy, The Yearning Feed, 1984 and Death of a Mexican and Other Poems. He co-edited Reclaiming Our Stories: Narratives of Identity, Resilience and Empowerment. A CantoMundo fellow, he teaches at San Diego City College.

Steven Sanchez is a CantoMundo Fellow and Lambda Literary Fellow. His debut book of poems, Phantom Tongue, was selected by Mark Doty as the winner of the Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Fresno State.

Sarah A. Chavez is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar and All, Day Talking. She holds a PhD from U of Nebraska, Lincoln and teaches at the University of Washington, Tacoma. She serves as Poetry Coordinator for the Best of the Net Anthology and is a proud Macondista.

Sara Borjas is a third generation Chicana and a Fresno poet. She is the recipient of the Blue Mesa Poetry Prize and has received fellowships from ThT Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Workshop Fellow, CantoMundo, and the Postgraduate Writer's Workshop. She teaches creative writing at UC Riverside.

Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes is a queer, disabled, mixed-race, second-generation Colombian immigrant, poet, artist, scholar, and activist. Her manuscript The Inheritance of Haunting was awarded the 2018 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center