Poet & Translator Rosa Alcalá Visits November 6 &7

Poet & Translator Rosa Alcalá Visits November 6 &7

Rosa Alcalá visits George Mason University's Fairfax Campus for two events in early November—including the next reading in the Creative Writing Program's Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Reading Room.

In addition to that reading, Alcalá will speak about her translations of work by poet and artist Cecilia Vicuña on the preceding night: Wednesday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gillespie Gallery of the Art & Design Building.

Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry: Undocumentaries, The Lust of Unsentimental Waters, and MyOTHER TONGUE. Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies, including The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them; The Fate of Difficulty in the Poetry of Our Time; and American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement.

Her work as a translator has focused on contemporary Latin American women poets living in the U.S. Recent publications include two edited volumes: Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña and Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, and finalist for a PEN Translation Award.

Born in Paterson, NJ to Spanish immigrants, she now teaches in the Bilingual MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at El Paso.