Tucson Festival of Books

A Celebration of Southwest Poetry


Today we will celebrating the top works of poetry as judged by the Southwest Books of the Year Award. These four accomplished poets will share the inspiration for their work that is deeply rooted in the Southwest.


Panelists
Tommy Archuleta

Tommy Archuleta, a wordsmith and storyteller, was born in Santa Fe, N.M., where the rich culture and history would later serve as a wellspring of inspiration for his writing. Archuleta embarked on his literary journey at a young age, weaving tales that effortlessly blended elements of the supernatural with the everyday, creating a unique narrative style that has captivated readers worldwide....

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Mari Herreras

Mari Herreras is a poet, journalist, mother and a fifth generation Tucsonan. "At Grande and Congress" is her debut collection. Herreras writes about family, the tender complexities of identity and being Chicana and life in a gentrifying desert city....

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Simon Ortiz

Simon J. Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo) is a poet, fiction writer, essayist and storyteller and a retired Regents Professor of English and American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. Ortiz is the author of "Out There Somewhere," "Men on the Moon: Collected Short Stories," "After and Before the Lightning," "Woven Stone" and "From Sand Creek....

Brandon Som

Brandon Som is Chicano and Chinese American poet. His most recent poetry collection, "Tripas," is a finalist for the 2023 National Book Award. He is also the author of "The Tribute Horse," which won the 2015 Kate Tufts Discovery Award....

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Books:
Susto
Poems
Tommy Archuleta
Poetry
University Press of Colorado
April 2023
ISBN 9781885635853
94 pages
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At Grande and Congress
Mari Herreras
Poetry
R&R Press
June 2023
ISBN 9798985731828
65 pages

Light as Light
Poems
Simon Ortiz
Poetry
University of Arizona Press
December 2023
ISBN 9780816550241
168 pages
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Tripas
Poems
Brandon Som
Poetry
University of Georgia Press
March 2023
ISBN 9780820363509
104 pages
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