Thursday, September 9, 2021

Distinguished Poets Series: Virtual Reading with José Antonio Rodríguez

photo by Mark Roemisch

The Distinguished Poets Series is sponsoring a Virtual Reading via Zoom with José Antonio Rodríguez, Saturday, September 11, 2021, 2:30 – 3 PM (EST).

His writing explores the multiple borders between the margins and the center, drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, including his background as a poor, queer, Mexican immigrant and first-gen high school and college graduate. 

Jose Antonio Rodriguez's latest books are the poetry collection This American Autopsy and the memoir House Built on Ashes. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Poetry, Paterson Literary Review and elsewhere. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. 

His website is


Maria Mazziotti Gillan's new poetry collection is When the Stars Were Still Visible (2021). Other recent publications are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow and the poetry collections What Blooms in Winter and The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets which pairs her poems with her paintings. Maria's artist's website is and her poetry website is

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