Monday, March 02, 2009

SLHW Welcomes Dr. Gonzalez

The Society of Hispanic and Latino Writers is hosting a reception in honor of Dr. Jose B. Gonzalez, Professor of English at the United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT. Dr. Gonzalez will be in San Antonio to receive the Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education at its annual conference. We are fortunate to have Dr. Gonzalez here to read from his poetry collection.

Dr. Gonzalez was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, and immigrated to Connecticut at the age of eight. He has been the recipient of such honors as Connecticut's Higher Education Multicultural Faculty of the Year Award and New England Association Teachers of English Poet of the Year Award. He has published poetry in such journals as Callaloo, The Teacher’s Voice, Palabra, Acentos Review, Calabash and Colere, and anthologies including Coloring Book, Nantucket: A Collection, and Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, which he also co-edited. His work was most recently included in a special edition of OCHO featuring Latino poets. He is the editor of, a popular resource for the study of Latino literature and Latino studies. In addition, he has contributed critical and nonfiction essays to such journals as New England Quarterly and to National Public Radio and has been a featured speaker at numerous colleges, universities and other organizations throughout the U.S.

Also reciting some of his own poetry will be Antonio Farias, Chief Diversity Officer at the Academy. Mr. Farias has published essays and short fiction in the following periodicals—Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul, Latino Boom, Urban Latino Magazine, and Bilingual Review. He has lectured widely on the history of collaboration among underrepresented populations in the United States, the unsteady rise of the Latino middle class, and the emergence of post-ethnic identities and coalitions.

Please join us on Thursday, March 5, 2009, 6-8:00 p.m., at Gemini Ink, 513 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX, (210) 734-9673