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Poet José Olivarez to give virtual reading for Hall Center Summer Speaker Series

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

LAWRENCE — The next event in the Hall Center Summer Speaker Series will be "An Evening with José Olivarez," presented via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12.

This event is co-sponsored by The Commons and Kansas Public Radio. Information on how to connect is available on the Hall Center website, KU Event Calendar and Hall Center social media accounts.

Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants and author of the poetry collection "Citizen Illegal," winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize, a finalist for the prestigious PEN/Jean Stein Book award and named a top book of 2018 by the New York Public Library. 

In 2018, Olivarez was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology "The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT." He is the co-host of the poetry podcast "The Poetry Gods" and a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts and the Conversation Literary Festival.

Olivarez is a master teaching artist. In 2017-2018, he was the Lead Teaching Artist for the Teen Lab Program at the Art Institute in Chicago. He has led writing workshops and diversity trainings for institutions such as The Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum of Harlem, The Adirondack Center for Writing, Inside Out Literary Arts and many more community organizations and universities.

A recipient of the 2019 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Chicago Magazine and elsewhere.