2020 Texas Poet Laureate

Emmy Pérez speaks at a lectern
2020 Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Pérez speaking at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Photo credit: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Emmy Pérez

Emmy Pérez is the author of With the River on Our Face and Solstice. She is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship and will serve as Texas Poet Laureate in 2020. Since 2008, she has been a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros for socially engaged writers, and in 2017, she co-founded Poets Against Walls collective. Currently, she’s Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies.

Pérez will lead a social justice discussion, writing workshop and poetry reading on TWU's Denton campus Wednesday, November 13. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ashley Bender at abender@twu.edu or (940) 898-2324.

Sponsors: TWU Department of English, Speech, & Foreign Languages; TWU Office of Diversity, Inclusion, & Outreach; TWU Global Connections; Texas Commission on the Arts

Social Justice Poetry Discussion & Writing Workshop

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Administration & Conference Tower (ACT) - Room 301

Pérez will lead a discussion and writing workshop focused on social justice poetry. This event is free and open to the public.

Poetry Reading

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Administration & Conference Tower (ACT) - Room 301

Pérez will read a selection of poems, including some from her most recently published collection, With the River on Our Face (Arizona UP, 2016). Q&A and book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.


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