Tucson Festival of Books

José Olivarez


José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. He is the author of "Promises of Gold." His debut book of poems, "Citizen Illegal," was a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by The Adroit Journal, NPR and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he co-edited the poetry anthology, "The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT."

He is the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers. In 2019, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review and elsewhere. 

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Communities: Hispanic or Latinx


Scheduled events:
Contemporary Chicano Poets
In this panel, poets José Olivarez and Oscar Mancinas will discuss and read from their new collections, which dive deeply into emotional, political and poetic understandings of race, colonization and Mexican heritage.

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poetry
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA Bookstore, Main Floor (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Oscar Mancinas, José Olivarez
Moderator: Wanda Alarcon
Leaving, Loving, and Returning Home through Poetry
Join poets Laura Villareal, Jose Olivarez and Cynthia Guardado as they explore poetry's ability to restore a sense of home and heal the traumatic legacies of exile and the domestic violence.

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Poetry
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA Bookstore, Main Floor (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cynthia Guardado, José Olivarez, Laura Villareal
Moderator: Paola Valenzuela
Untangling Human Connections Through Poetry
Poets Leticia del Toro, Richie Hofmann, Jose Olivarez and Sophia Terazawa will read from exciting collections that address the various iterations of love, culture and community and their capacity to restore the individual and their community.

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Poetry
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA Bookstore, Main Floor (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Leticia del Toro, Richie Hofmann, José Olivarez, Sophia Terazawa
Moderator: Gabriel Dozal

Books:
Promises of Gold
Poetry
Henry Holt and Company
February 2023
ISBN 9781250878496

Citizen Illegal
Poems
Poetry
Haymarket Books
January 2018
ISBN 9781608469543
69 pages