Tucson Festival of Books

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.

Cynthia Guardado

Cynthia Guardado is a Los Angeles–born Salvadoran poet and professor. She is the author of two collections of poetry, "Cenizas" and "ENDEAVOR." Guardado also translated and transcribed interviews with journalist and Cuban exile, Normando Hernandez Gonzalez which were published in "The Madrid Conversations....

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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....

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Laura Villareal

Laura Villareal is a poet from a small town in Texas. She earned her M.F.A. at Rutgers University—Newark. Her debut poetry collection, "Girl’s Guide to Leaving," was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2022....

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Cynthia Guardado
University of Arizona Press
September 2022
ISBN 9780816546176
80 pages

Promises of Gold
José Olivarez
Henry Holt and Company
February 2023
ISBN 9781250878496

Girl's Guide to Leaving
Laura Villareal

University of Wisconsin Press
November 2021
ISBN 9780299336844
80 pages