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Politics, Prose, Poetry and Science merge at the Literary Southwest Series

Demetria Martinez, along with Arthur Sze, guest speak at the upcoming Literary Southwest Series.


Demetria Martinez, along with Arthur Sze, guest speak at the upcoming Literary Southwest Series. Courtesy

Yavapai College brings two distinctive voices in southwestern literature to Prescott Friday, Nov. 7 for its free series, The Literary Southwest: Deepening the Dialogue."

Writer, poet and Chicana activist Demetria Martinez and poet translator Arthur Sze will speak for the program themed "Political/Scienc" beginning at 7 p.m. in the library's Susan B. Webb Community Room (Bldg. 19, room 147), followed by a book signing.

In conjuction with the reading, The Hassayampa Institute is offering local writers an opportunity to work with Martinez at a workshop entitled "Geographies of Home: Mapping Out Our Stories and Prose," 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, open to all levels.

The workshop fee is $45 and limited to 15 writers.

Critics have defined Martinez's work as striking in "her ability to turn political and social concepts into passionate metaphors."

Her "Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana won the 2006 International Latino Book Award in the category of Best Biography.

Her other books include the widely translated novel, "Mother Tongue," winner of the Western States Book Award of Fiction, and poetry books "Breathing Between the Lines" and "The Devil's Workshop."

Martinez writes a column for the National Catholic Reporter and is active with Enlace Comunitario, an immigrants' rights group serving Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence.

Of Chinese-American heritage, Sze has a strong science background and weaves hard science with lyric poetry.

Sze has written eight books of poetry including "Ouipu," "The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998," and "Archipelago."

He has received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, a George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship, three grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry and a Western States Book Award for Translation.

To reserve a spot for the workshop, send a check made out to Conflux Press, P.O. Box 12218, Prescott, AZ 86304.

The Literary Southwest series is made possible by grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, the Margaret T. Morris Foundation, and the J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation.

Call 776-2276 or 776-2288 for more information.


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