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Citizen Illegal: An Evening with Poet José Olivarez

Lester and Sue Smith Campus Houston, TX 77004
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In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, join us for a special reading by poet, educator, and performer José Olivarez.

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by The Adroit Journal, NPR, and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he co-edited the poetry anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers. In 2019, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.

This event will be hosted in person. Admission is free and open to the public.

Please note: Face masks are required for all guests ages 2 and up. Complimentary masks are available at the Security desk.

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