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Unaccompanied with Javier Zamora

Date(s): Saturday, September 14, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: 
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, 1738 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Type(s): 
Reading
Genre and Form(s): Poetry
Cost: Free

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About this Event

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for a poetry reading with Javier Zamora on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore (1738 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006).

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.

The Piper Writers Studio will also be presenting Engagement in Poetry / Engaged Poetry, a class with Javier Zamora, on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Piper Writers House (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85287). To learn more about Javier Zamora's class, visit our website at https://piper.asu.edu/classes/javier-zamora/engaged-poetry

About the Book

Javier Zamora’s debut collection, Unaccompanied, assesses borderland politics, race, and immigration on a profoundly personal level, and simultaneously remembers and imagines a birth-country that’s been left behind. Through an unflinching gaze, plainspoken diction, and a combination of Spanish and English, Unaccompanied crosses El Salvador and Mexico as families are lost and reunited, coyotes lead migrants astray, and real life fuses with myth.

About the Author

Photograph of Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the United States in 1999 when he was nine—traveling unaccompanied 4,000 miles, across multiple borders, from El Salvador to the US to be reunited with his parents. Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press 2017), his first poetry collection, explores how immigration and civil war have impacted his life and family. He is also the author of the chapbook Nueve Anos Inmigrantes/Nine Immigrant Years, which won the 2011 Organic Weapon Arts Contest. 

Logo for Palabras: flowering prickly pear cactus coming out of open book

Palabras is Arizona's only bilingual bookstore with a carefully curated selection of titles in Spanish and English that hosts a variety of community events and workshops focused on cultural representation and diversity.

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