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RIGOBERTO GONZÁLEZ is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. About Unpeopled Eden—his most recent poetry collection, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets—Booklist says, “González writes with unrelenting honesty, composing long poems of successive septets, with an eye for vivid, brutal imagery…. With what may be his most ambitious collection yet, González reaffirms his role as a preeminent voice in Chicano poetics.” His poetry collection So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks was a winner of the National Poetry Series, and his collection Other Fugitives and Other Strangers won San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center Book Award. González received the American Book Award for his memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa. His major works of fiction include the novel Crossing Vines and the story collection Men Without Bliss, as well as two children’s books. He writes a monthly column for NBC-Latino online, is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, and serves as critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times.
KEVIN PRUFER’s sixth poetry collection Churches was described by The New York Times as a “gothic extravaganza featuring alligators, avalanches and medical devices left inside bodies, delivered largely in long, musical free verse lines,” and was included on the Times’ list of “Ten Favorite Poetry Books of 2014.” His other poetry collections include In a Beautiful Country, an Academy of American Poets Notable Book for 2011 and a finalist for the Rilke Prize; National Anthem, one of Publishers Weekly‘s “Five Best Poetry Books of 2008” and a “Best Book of the Year” by Virginia Quarterly Review; and The Finger Bone, winner of the William Rockhill Nelson Award and finalist for Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award. The Chautauqua Literary Journal calls him “one of the most forceful, original, and strikingly urgent voices in contemporary American poetry.” Prufer serves as editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and co-director of Pleiades Press. His editing projects include Into English: An Anthology of Multiple Translations, forthcoming in November. He will read from his seventh poetry collection How He Loved Them, to be published in 2018. Prufer is a faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.
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