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Poetry Reading and Q&A: Francisco, Guzmán, Sousa, Cabrera-Schneider

July 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Can’t wait to host Ariel Francisco and Roy G. Guzmán for a reading and discussion with Kim Sousa & Nicolás Cabrera-Schneider!

This July, we’re hosting the authors of two of our favorite works of poetry to come out in 2020: Ariel Francisco, author of A Sinking Ship Is Still a Ship, and Roy G. Guzmán, author of Catrachos. They’ll be reading and chatting with Austin, TX-based (but also formerly local and still local in our hearts!) poet Kim Sousa, as well as writer and translator for the Spanish texts in A Sinking Ship, Nicolás Cabrera-Schneider. Don’t miss this event!

Head to our Bookshop site’s list titled “Recent and Upcoming Events (Pre-order!)” to order both of these books. Check out our curated lists and picks on our main site page, or use the search bar in the upper center-right to look for any book. (Using the book’s ISBN usually works best.) We also have a number of books available ready-to-ship from our store in Pittsburgh.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. You’ll receive the link to the Zoom meeting the day of the event via email. Free registration/ticket sales will end at 6:30pm EDT on 7/31. Please email [email protected] if you miss this cut-off and need a ticket. For questions, check out our FAQ for events here.

This event is hosted with support from and in collaboration with the Florida Humanities Council. The Florida Humanities Council is dedicated to building strong communities and informed citizens by providing Floridians with the opportunity to explore the heritage, traditions and stories of our state and its place in the world.


About the authors and their books:

“Part satirist, part ecopoet, part elegist, but every bit a luminous poet, Ariel Francisco brilliantly voices the complex intersections of the physical, emotional, and natural landscapes that define our sense of place and belonging, as well as our feelings of alienation and ennui.”

—RICHARD BLANCO Presidential Inaugural Poet, author of How to Love a Country

Ariel Francisco’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, The Academy of American Poets, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, he is the author of the poetry collections A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship (Burrow Press, 2020) and All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017). He lives in New York.

“As the son of immigrants, as a queer man, as a poet, I’ve been waiting for a book like Catrachos. Endlessly inventive and sonically brilliant, the poems refuse borders; each poem is a gorgeous nexus where numerous dictions, public and private memories, and a vast range of influences intersect, blaze into ‘What cradles. What deplumes.’ Roy G. Guzmán’s debut is phenomenal, necessary. It has changed and recharged me.”

—EDUARDO C. CORRAL, author of the forthcoming collection Guillotine

Roy G. Guzmán was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and grew up in Miami, Florida. They are currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, where they also received an MFA in creative writing. Roy is a 2019 NEA Fellow and a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. Their debut collection, Catrachos, was published by Graywolf Press this year. Website: roygguzman.com. (Headshot: Kai Coggin. Book cover artist: Rufino Tamayo. Book cover designer: Mary Austin Speaker.)

Kim Sousa is a Brazilian American poet and open border radical. She was born in Goiânia, Goiás and immigrated to Austin, Texas with her family at age five. Her work can be found in EcoTheo Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Glass Poetry Press’ Poets Resist, Poet Lore and elsewhere. Kim is currently at work on a LatinxFuturisms poetry anthology with Alan Chazaro and Malcolm Friend, as well as her first full-length manuscript. She is home again in Austin—after years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—with a motley crew of backyard chickens, her two senior pugs and her familiar, a black cat. You can find Kim at kimsousawrites.com and on Twitter @kimsoandso and @LatinxFuturisms.

Nicolás Cabrera-Schneider, Nico, was born and raised in Guatemala. He moved to the U.S. to continue his education. He holds an M.S. in Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology (University of Michigan), M.A. in Anthropology (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies (Tulane University). Nico has published two books of short stories: No Importa Saber (Guatemala, Folio 114, 2003) and Cuéntame tu día (Guatemala, Cazam Ah, 2016). Also, he has published two novels: El detective Juan B’atz’: Tarjeta Roja (Guatemala, Cazam Ah, 2017) and El detective Juan B’atz’: El Tigre (Guatemala, Cazam Ah, 2019). Nico’s poetry was included in California’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology. (Published by Z Publishing, 2017). Most recently, his translation of Ariel Francisco’s poetry book (Un Barco Hundiéndose Sigue Siendo Un Barco) was published by Burrow Press (2020). Nico lives in New Orleans. You can visit his website, nicocabsch.com