Join us for an ice cream social and poetry reading, featuring the dynamic poet Javier Avila, author of books of poetry and fiction, and 2015 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year. Student winners of the competition will read their poems, followed at the podium by the competition judge, Javier Avila. Afterwards, pizza will arrive, and we’ll hold and informal question and answer session with Javier Avila.
From Javier Avila’s website:
“In addition to his accomplishments in academia, Ávila is a renowned poet and novelist whose literary excellence propelled him to international recognition. His bestselling novel Different became an award-winning motion picture entitled Miente, which was screened in over a dozen countries. His poetry booksThe Symmetry of Time and The Dead Man’s Position earned him prestigious awards by the Pen Club and The Puerto Rico Institute of Culture, respectively. Other books—Broken Glass on the Carpet, The Professor in Ruins, and The Oldest Profession—cemented his reputation as a celebrated writer. Ávila’s books have been part of university curricula for years. He frequently visits colleges to discuss his work, motivating students to become better readers and writers. Audiences praise Ávila’s recent work for being a powerful voice for Latinos in the U.S.”