Award-winning poet Juan Delgado will visit Mt. San Jacinto College next month to read and engage in a discussion about the craft of writing poetry.
The reading is offered by the Mt. San Jacinto College Menifee Valley Campus English Department in association with Poets & Writers, Inc.
The reading will be held at:
Mt. San Jacinto College
Menifee Valley Campus
28237 La Piedra Rd. Room 600
When: Tuesday, March 1st, 12:30 – 1:45PM
Mexican-American poet Juan Delgado first started coming to the United States with his family when he was a child. He attended California State University, San Bernardino, where he studied accounting before discovering writing and majoring in English. He earned an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he was a Regents Fellow. Delgado’s collections of poetry are Green Web (1994), selected by poet Dara Weir for the Contemporary Poetry Prize at the University of Georgia; El Campo (1998); and A Rush of Hands (2003). His poems have been included in the anthology Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today’s Latino Renaissance (1998).
Delgado’s work often portrays the realities of the immigrant experience, with its attendant poverty, hardships, and love. In El Campo, Delgado’s poems about Mexican farm workers and their families are accompanied by paintings by Simon Silva. Rosa Martha Villarreal, reviewing A Rush of Hands for Tertulia, noted the “muted images of personal sorrow and terrified wonder,” adding that Delgado “takes images from the community of shadows, the undocumented immigrants, and gives substance to their being.”
Delgado has been poet-in-residence at the University of Miami. He is a professor of creative writing, Chicano literature, and poetry at the University of California, San Bernardino.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for students and the public to listen to an award-winning and local poet read from his work as well as engage in a discussion about the craft of writing poetry.