Write America: Paisley Rekdal and Carlos Fonseca

Join us for the eighty-eighth episode of Write America on Monday January 9th featuring Paisley Rekdal and Carlos Fonseca as they read and discuss their works- intimating how the deep divisions in the country may be healed by the quiet power of art.

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About the authors:

Former Utah Poet Laureate, Paisley Rekdal is the author of four works of nonfiction, including Appropriate: A Provocation, and six collections of poetry, most recently Nightingale, which won the 2020 Washington State Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships, grants, and prizes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, Pushcart Press, and the Academy of American Poets, among others. A Seattle area native, Rekdal received her MA in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto, and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her work reflects her academic background in its frequent exploration and engagement with historical events that propel future narratives and identity politics that shape her life as an Asian American woman. She is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of community web projects Mapping Literary Utah and Mapping Salt Lake City. Her newest book, West: A Translation, comes out May of this year.

CARLOS FONSECA was born in 1987 in San José, Costa Rica, and spent half of his childhood and adolescence in Puerto Rico. In 2016, he was named one of the twenty best Latin American writers born in the 1980s at the Guadalajara Book Fair, and in 2017 he was included in the Bogotá39 list of the best Latin American writers under forty. He is the author of the novel Colonel Lágrimas (Restless Books, 2016) and Natural History (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019), and in 2018, he won the National Prize for Literature in Costa Rica for his book of essays, La lucidez del miope. Hi latest book, Austral, will be published May of 2023. He teaches at Trinity College, Cambridge, and lives in London.


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Monday, January 9, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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West: A Translation By Paisley Rekdal Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556596568
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 2nd, 2023

Austral: A Novel By Carlos Fonseca, Megan McDowell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Carlos Fonseca, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 23rd, 2023