University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Emmy Pérez

Emmy Pérez is the author of the poetry collections With the River on Our Face(University of Arizona Press) and Solstice (Swan Scythe Press). Originally from Santa Ana, California, she is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Southern California and has lived on the Texas-Mexico border for the past fifteen years. She has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, CantoMundo, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is also the recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, the James D. Phelan Award, and is a member of the Macondo Writers' Workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros for socially engaged writers.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including the anthologies Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology(University of Georgia Press), Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature & Art(University of Texas Press), IMANIMAN: Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands(Aunt Lute Books),and Orange County: A Literary Field Guide(Heyday Books).

Currently, she is an associate professor in the MFA in creative writing program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and also serves as interim director for the Center for Mexican American Studies.

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Emmy Pérez
With the River on Our Face Emmy Pérez’s With the River on Our Face flows through the Southwest and the Texas borderlands to the river’s mouth in the Rio Grande Valley/El Valle. The poems celebrate the land, communities, and ecology of the borderlands while merging and diverging like the iconic river in this long-awaited collection.

University of Arizona Press, Booth #241 (Seats 1)
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Author: Emmy Pérez
The Tejana: Another State of Mind
More than just a river, the Rio Grande is a way of life. Authors celebrate the Valley and the people that shaped it.

Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Invalid (1280) (following presentation)

Panelists: Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Emmy Pérez
Moderator: Mari Herreras
Tucson Youth Poetry Slam
Tucson Youth Poetry Slam poets will grace the SBS stage, sharing their own electric poems and engaging with the work of Emmy Pérez, winner of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (Seats 100, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Signing area: Signing Area - Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Emmy Pérez
Moderator: Sarah Gonzales
Poetry Reading with Emmy Pérez and Johanna Skibsrud
2017 NEA fellowship winner Emmy Pérez reads from her latest collection, "With the River on Our Face,” with UA English professor Johanna Skibsrud, who reads from her book, “The Description of the World.”

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Student Union Kiva (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Emmy Pérez, Johanna Skibsrud
Moderator: Kristen Buckles

With the River on Our Face
Nuestras Raices
UA Press
October 2016
ISBN 9780816533442
Paperback, 104 pages
$16.95, INSTORE
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"With the River on Our Face is a collection of lyric verse and prose poems situated on the U. More/less

Swan Scythe Press
June 2011
ISBN 9781930454316
Paperback, 43 pages
$14.00, INSTOCK
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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. At last! A new edition of Emmy Pérez's SOLSTICE—expanded and with Spanish translations of selected poems—a book that set the highest standards for Chicana poets when first published in 2003, for its adroit mixture of lyricism and politics. More/less

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