S161. The Iceworker Still Sings: The Poetry of Andrés Montoya

Room 203AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Andrés Montoya knew he’d win UC Irvine’s Chicano/Latino Literary Prize for poetry, which includes book publication. He didn’t know he would die before its release. He didn’t know he’d win the American Book Award and influence a generation of poets—that a national poetry book prize would be named after him. Years after his death, a second posthumous book of poems was released. This panel will talk about that book, his work, his life, and the influence he has on American poetry.



Francisco Aragón is the author of the bilingual book of poems, Puerta de Sol, and Glow of Our Sweat, a volume of poetry and prose. He is also the editor of the award-winning anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry. He directs Letras Latinas, the literary program at the University of Notre Dame.

Daniel Chacón is author of four books, including And The Shadows Took Him and Hotel Juarez: Stories, Rooms and Loops. He received the Pen Oakland, the American Book Award, and the Hudson Prize. His new novel, The Cholo Tree, is forthcoming. He hosts the literary radio show Words on a Wire.

Maceo Montoya’s books include The Deportation of Wopper Barraza, You Must Fight Them, and Letters to the Poet from His Brother, a hybrid book combining images, prose poems, and essays. He teaches in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis and is director of Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer.

David Campos, a CantoMundo fellow, is the author of Furious Dusk, winner of the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Boxcar Review, and LunaLuna among many others.

Stephanie Fetta is assistant professor of Latino/a literature at Syracuse University in New York. Dr. Fetta studies poetry from a transdisciplinary perspective, exploring the fertile ground between creative literature, critical race studies, body studies, and cognitive science.


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