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An evening of poetry by two greats

You may know their names, or maybe not, but you'll remember Levi Romero and Robert Arellano once you hear them

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 7/25/19

Levi Romero is assistant professor in the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at the University of New Mexico. His most recent book is "Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano …

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An evening of poetry by two greats

You may know their names, or maybe not, but you'll remember Levi Romero and Robert Arellano once you hear them

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Levi Romero is assistant professor in the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at the University of New Mexico. His most recent book is "Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland" (co-authored with Spencer Herrera and Robert Kaiser).

Robert "Bob" Arellano is a poet and author living in Oregon. He is the author of seven books including. His family lived in Dixon for seven years while he taught at IAIA and UNM-Taos. He is the youngest in a family of seven Cuban immigrants.

Together, they promise an evening of poetry you won't soon forget. Make plans to attend their readings on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m., at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive. Admission is free.

Romero is a bilingual poet whose language is immersed in the regional manito dialect of Northern New Mexico. His work has been published throughout the United States, Mexico, Spain and Cuba. His poem-writing exercise, "De donde yo soy," based on the original poem, "Where I'm From," by George Ella Lyon, was published by Scholastic as part of a nationwide educational project and has been used extensively, nationally and internationally.

Romero's two collections of poetry are "A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works" and "In the Gathering of Silence." His book publications have received numerous awards, including a 2015 International Latino Book Awards, Honorable Mention, 2014-2015 Southwest Book Award, New Mexico Arizona Book Award, Writers' League of Texas Book Award, Finalist and a Best Books of the Southwest. In 2017 he received two Society for Humanistic Anthropology Poetry Award Honorable Mentions.

He is also the recipient of several National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanties grant awards. He was awarded the post of New Mexico Centennial Poet in 2012.

His work has been featured in numerous anthologies and online publications. He has co-directed two films on acequia culture. "Bendición del agua," a short film based on Taos' very own Olivia Romo, premiered at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, and "Going Home Homeless" won a People's Choice Award at the Taos Shortz Film Festival. Romero is from the Embudo Valley of Northern New Mexico.

Arellano was born in 1969 and raised in Summit, New Jersey. After earning degrees from Brown University, he taught for a decade on Brown's Literary Arts faculty. In 1993 he used Storyspace to publish the Internet's first hyperzine, LSD-50, on a Gopher server. In 1996, Sonicnet serialized his groundbreaking hypertext novel "Sunshine '69" on the web.

Arellano is a founding member of the Literary Advisory Board of the Electronic Literature Organization and founding director of the Center for Emerging Media and Digital Arts at Southern Oregon University. He has been awarded the Oregon Literary Fellowship in Fiction (2014) and a Rockefeller Foundation Literary Arts Fellowship (2016).

His novel "Havana Libre," about the 1997 terrorist bombings of tourist destinations in Cuba, was published by Akashic Books in 2017. In 2012, Akashic published his novel "Curse the Names" about a reporter living and working in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and in 2010 his novel "Havana Lunar" was a finalist for an Edgar Allan Poe Award, nominated by the Mystery Writers of America. He has published fiction and essays in Jane, The Believer, Tin House and The Village Voice.

For more, call (575) 758-0081.

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