The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Magical Realism with Alberto Álvaro Ríos

Date(s): Friday, February 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Basha, Old Main (view map)
Craft Talk, Presentation
Genre and Form(s): Mixed Genre
Tags: Magical Realism

About the Session

The term for magical realism in Spanish is “lo real maravilloso,” or the marvelous real.  The emphasis in this phrasing is on the real, though when hearing the expression in English we immediately jump to the magical.  In this talk, I’ll address magical realism generally, as well as the culture and writers who have defined it, along with the magical, the marvelous, the real, and the imaginary. I will welcome participants’ experiences and questions about this largely misunderstood literary and arts effort. We’ll talk about García Márquez, Borges, Rulfo, Cortázar, Fuentes, and others, sorting out where they all fit into the field.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Picture of Alberto Álvaro Ríos

Alberto Ríos, Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, is the author of eleven books and chapbooks of poetry, including The Theater of Night—winner of the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award—three collections of short stories, and a memoir about growing up on the border, Capirotada. His book The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body was a finalist for the National Book Award.   Ríos is the recipient of numerous accolades and his work is included in over 300 national and international literary anthologies.  He is also the host of the PBS program Books & Co. His work is regularly taught and translated, and has been adapted to dance and both classical and popular music. Ríos is a University Professor of Letters, Regents’ Professor, and the Katharine C. Turner Chair in English at Arizona State University. His most recent book is A Small Story About the Sky.