From Escritores del Nuevo Sol / Writers of the New Sun
News Release August 18, 2010 ; Release Date: Now
Contact: JoAnn Anglin, 916-451-1372 Michael Medrano: 559-577-3347
Mexican Independence Day
Fresno Chicano Poet in Sacramento on September 16, 2010
Fresno Native Michael Luis Medrano, poet and author of Born in the Cavity of Sunsets, is featured for a Mexican Independence Day reading, presented by Escritores del Nuevo Sol/Writers of the New Sun. Medrano will read both published and unpublished poems and will answer questions abut his writing.
When: Thursday, September 16, 2010; 7 pm
Where: La Raza Galeria Posada, 1022-1024 22nd St., Midtown Sacramento Cost: Free; donations encouraged.
Michael Luis Medrano was born in Fresno, California, the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. His MFA in creative writing is from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He has presented his work at Stanford University, The Loft Literary Arts Center in Minneapolis, the Sacramento Poetry Center, and the University of Colorado, Boulder.
His first book of poetry, Born in the Cavity of Sunsets (Bilingual Press 2009) is a finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book Award. An instructor in developmental reading and essay writing at Fresno City College, he is working on a novel and another poetry collection. Medrano’s heroes include his parents and grandparents, and such writers as Pablo Neruda, Walt Whitman, Federico Garcia Lorca, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Herman Hesse, James Wright, and the late Andres Montoya. There will be copies of the book to buy and have signed. This event is open to the public.
His poems have appeared in Rattle; North American Review; The Cortland Review; Bilingual Review, Poetry Motel, and Bombay Gin. He hosts a literary radio show, Pakatelas, in Fresno.
Escritores del Nuevo Sol/Writers of the New Sun is made up of writers in many genres. Established in 1993, the local writing group, which meets monthly, especially supports and encourages writers of Latino/Chicano themes and backgrounds. Coming events: Introduction of a music CD on El Dia de la Raza, October 12, by Latin Jazz group Nagual, will celebrate and honor the memory of the late Phil Goldvarg. On October 1, Francisco Alarcon reads from Ce•Uno•One, his poetry collection published by Swan Scythe Press. October 29 is the poetry reading for El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and a later reading will be by Woodland novelist-artist Maceo Montoya. For information about this group, contact Graciela Ramirez, 916-456-5323.