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Poet Aragon to read April 10

The Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will host a reading by poet and translator Francisco Aragon.

The reading will begin at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 10 in the Gentry Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Aragon is the author of Puerta Del Sol and the editor of The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, an anthology released in 2007.
The Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will host a reading by poet and translator Francisco Aragon.

The reading will begin at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 10 in the Gentry Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Aragon is the author of “Puerta Del Sol” and the editor of “The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry,” an anthology released in 2007.

“In the hour of extremes, long live these brave wordsmiths of American letters. Viva the citizens of truth. Hallelujah the devotees of language, the languished souls enamored of the syllable,” said Sandra Cisneros, the acclaimed author of “The House on Mango Street,” in a review of Aragon's poetry anthology.

Aragon's writing has appeared in anthologies, such as “Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies,” “American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement,” “Evensong: Contemporary American Poets on Spirituality” and “Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad.” His poems and translations also have appeared in literary journals such as “Chain,” “Crab Orchard Review” and “Chelsea.”

He is the director of Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies, at the University of Notre Dame.

For more information about Aragon and his writings, visit his Web site, http://franciscoaragon.net.

For more information about Aragon's poetry reading and reception, contact Susan Wallace by telephone at (931) 221-7031 or by e-mail at wallacess@apsu.edu. -- Jessica Baird