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Poet Lisa Chavez visits March 16

APSUs Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presents a reading by Lisa Chavez at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, in APSUs Kimbrough Building, Gentry Auditorium.

Acting as a voice for those who have been held captive by social issues such as alcoholism and poverty, Chavez has been praised for her richly textured narrative poems, products of extensive research and political insight.
APSU's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presents a reading by Lisa Chavez at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, in APSU's Kimbrough Building, Gentry Auditorium.

Acting as a voice for those who have been held captive by social issues such as alcoholism and poverty, Chavez has been praised for her richly textured narrative poems, products of extensive research and political insight.

Her first book of poems, “Destruction Bay,” includes works inspired by women of Alaska's North Country: a wife who longs to escape on the late night train; a deserted woman who raises Akitas; and a young widow remembering her husband's traumatic death. Other poems reflect the unforgiving, awe-inspiring landscape of Alaska.

“In an Angry Season,” Chavez's most recent book of poetry, offers a glimpse of the harsh realities faced by those who lived and made American history during the past century. Publishers Weekly says the poems provide “stark details from many scenes of oppression” with “indignation, moral force and historical interest [that] compel careful, engaged reading.”

An associate professor of creative writing at the University of New Mexico and nonfiction editor for the Blue Mesa Review, Chavez's poems have been featured in “The Americas Review,” “The Colorado Review” and several anthologies, including “Floricanto Si: A Collection of Latina Poetry” and “American Poetry: The Next Generation.”

The reading is free and open to the public. For further information, telephone the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at (931) 221-7031.
—Terry Stringer