Poet and Chicano/Latino Activist Writer Rigoberto González Visits for National Day on Writing

Rigoberto Gonzalez 2009 Credit Marion Ettlinger

The National Council of Teachers of English sponsors the National Day on Writing annually to recognize “the significance of writing in our national life, to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives.”

This year, Frequency North welcomes Rigoberto Gonzalez as part of the NDOW festivities on Thursday, October 17th. González will be reading at 7:30pm in the Standish Dining Rooms in the Events and Athletics Center. In addition to the 7:30pm reading, there will be a Late-Afternoon Talk with Rigoberto González, which will take place from 5pm-6pm in The Science Center, 993 Madison Avenue, Room 151. Both events are free and open to the public.

Rigoberto González is the author of three poetry books, So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks (1999), a National Poetry Series selection, and Other Fugitives and Other Strangers (2006), and Black Blossoms (2011). His prose includes two bilingual children’s books, Soledad Sigh-Sighs (2003) and Antonio’s Card (2005), young adult novels in The Mariposa Clunb series, and the novel Crossing Vines (2003). His nonfiction work includes Autobiography of My Hungers (2013), Red-Inked Retablos (2013) and Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa (2006). The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, González writes a Latino book column for the El Paso Times and is on the Advisory Circle of Con Tinta, a collective of Chicano/ Latino activist writers.

The National Day on Writing (NDOW ) is sponsored by the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee at Saint Rose, “Frequency North” and the School of Arts and Humanities.

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The remaining Frequency North schedule of events follow after the jump. For more information, visit the website  or follow us on Twitter @frequencynorth.

Friday, November 15th – Sparrow

Thursday, January 30th – Jade Sylvan

Thursday, March 13th – Sean Thomas Dougherty and January Gill O’Neil

Thursday, April 3rd – Jonah Winter and Sharon Mesmer

All readings are free and open to the public. For more information on Frequency North and to keep up with what our readers are up to, check out our Facebook Page!


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