Three Poets featured at Knox May 12

Thursday, May 4, 2006

GALESBURG - A series of poetry events are scheduled for May 12 at Knox College.

Francisco Aragon, founding editor of Momotombo Press, will lead a panel discussion on small press chapbook publication of poetry and fiction writing, at 4 p.m. May 12, in the Alumni Room of Old Main. The other panelists are Maria Melendez, an associate editor at Momotombo Press, and Steven Cordova, a Momotombo author.

All three poets also will give a reading at 8 p.m. that day at Cherry Street Restaurant and Bar. The events are free and open to the public.

Momotombo Press focuses on the publication of emerging Latino writers and is part of Letras Latinas, a literary organization at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Aragon is a poet and translator and director of Letras Latinas. His most recent volume of poetry, Puerta del Sol, was published in 2005 by Bilingual Press.

Melendez, an associate editor at Momotombo Press, has published poetry, essays and fiction. Her collection of poems, "How Long She'll Last In This World," was published in spring 2006 by the University of Arizona Press. She teaches writing and literature at Saint Mary's College in Indiana and coordinates Poetas y Pintores: Artists Conversing with Verse, a cooperative venture by the Center for Women's InterCultural Leadership at Saint Mary's and the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame.

Cordova, a poet in New York City, has published poems in numerous journals, including Body Positive and Art and Understanding. His collection, "Slow Dissolve," is published by Momotombo Press. He also has worked at Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York City.


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