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Comelibros: The Girl Who Eats Books with María Luisa Arroyo

Date(s): Friday, February 22, 2019, 3:30 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Genre and Form(s): Poetry, Translation, World Literature
Cost: Free

About this Event

Join Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow María Luisa Arroya for a reading from Destierro Means More than Exile, a collection of poems in Spanish and English, on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.

The collection pays tribute to 32 women poets who inspired her as a poet and educator, including the poem "Comelibros: The Girl Who Eats Books". Interweaving her development as a multilingual Puerto Rican poet and educator, you will leave this event inspired to read these 32 women poets and to generate your own list of 32. Arroyo’s poetry collections include Gathering Words, Recogiendo Palabras; Flight; Destierro Means More than Exile: and the poetry handbook, Just Imagine in Springfield. Her collections will be available for sale and for signing.

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is open to the public and free.

About the Literary Fair

Presented in partnership with ASU Open Door as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair features two days of talks, readings, and other literary events and activities from authors, publishers, and other organizations from all over the Southwest, February 22 - 23, 2019 at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus. All events are open to the public and free. You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend. To learn more about the fair, visit our website at

About the Author

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019 María Luisa Arroyo

María Luisa Arroyo was educated at Colby (BA), Tufts (MA) & Harvard (ABD) in German, her third language. She earned her MFA in poetry from the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College. In recognition of her community-based poetry workshops & readings, Arroyo received many awards including Poet Laureate (2014-2016) of Springfield (MA) & 2016 NEPR Arts & Humanities Award. Her publications include Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras (2008) & the chapbook, Destierro Means More than Exile (2018).

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