October Riverwood Poetry Series at Real Art Ways

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October Riverwood Poetry Series


The Riverwood Poetry Series at Real Art Ways continues with Jose B. Gonzalez, author of “Toys Made of Rock,” contributor to NPR, NEATE Poet of the Year, and Fulbright Scholar.

Join us on the second Tuesday of the month, from September 2018 through May 2019. Each night begins with an open mic, followed by a poetry reading featuring regionally- or nationally-known poets.

6:45 PM sign up for Open Mic: First come, first served. One page/one person.

About Jose B. Gonzalez

Jose B. Gonzalez is the author of “Toys Made of Rock” and “When Love Was Reels”. He has been anthologized in the Norton Introduction to Literature and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. 

His work has appeared in publications such as Callaloo, Calabash, the Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Quercus Review, and Palabra. He has been a contributor to NPR, and has presented at numerous colleges and venues throughout the country and abroad. He has been the NEATE Poet of the Year, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He currently teaches at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.

About Riverwood Poetry Series
Riverwood Poetry SeriesThe Riverwood Poetry Series, Inc. is a non-profit arts organization committed to the promotion and appreciation of poetry in Connecticut. RPS, Inc. is invested in providing entertaining and thought-provoking programming, while responding to the needs our our neighbors through community outreach and collaboration. From their Facebook page: “The Riverwood Poetry Series has innovated many programs since our inception, all of them free to the public. We provide entertaining and thought-provoking poetry in a relaxed atmosphere.” Learn more at their website.

Upcoming Riverwood Poetry Series Dates

November: Tuesday, November 13, 7 PM
Featuring Claire Schwartz

"There are poems in this collection [Canto Cosas series] that break my heart, and some—often the same ones— that make me cheer for the clear-eyed resilience of the spirit behind them..."

Rhina Espaillat, author of Her Place in These Designs

"Language is the most peaceful and effective weapon we can possibly carry. I sometimes refer to my Ph.D. in English as a Black Belt in Words, and that’s because I have been defeated so many times—physically and emotionally—that my primary source of strength has been my words."

Jose B. Gonzalez, Interview with Ivelisse Rodriguez

"The poems in Toys Made of Rock pair experiments in form with explorations in identity. The lyric result of this offers inroads into the wide landscape of America. González brings us izote flowers and caskets, tumor fruit and the minimum wage, voices from the neighborhood and portraits of love. It is a wide-ranging journey from one country to another, from lost childhoods and hard childhoods to the politically charged world of adulthood..."

Brian Turner, author of Here, Bullet