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Poet Alberto Rio headlines 10th anniversary of Literary Southwest Sept. 21

Alberto Rios

Alberto Rios

One of the Literary Southwest series’ original featured authors, Arizona poet Alberto Rios, the first poet to be named Arizona Poet Laureate, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Yavapai College Library’s Susan N. Webb Community Room. All Literary Southwest programs are free and open to the public.

Prior to the reading, a special Literary Southwest 10th Anniversary reception takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. The Yavapai College Art Gallery also will be open to visit the current show featuring the work of faculty and alumni artists.

Rios, host of the PBS program “Books & Co.,” is the author of 11 books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir about growing up on the border. His book, The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

The Literary Southwest is made possible by Yavapai College and the Yavapai College Foundation, with additional support provided by Peregrine Book Company. For more information, visit or contact Series Director Jim Natal through Yavapai College at 928-776-2295.

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