Join Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Peggy Robles-Alvarado, two resonant poets whose works explore the worlds within and without. There will be a reading of their work, conversation, and a question and answer portion.
A longtime poet, World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments marks Aimee Nezhukumatathil's brilliant debut into creative nonfiction. The life imbued in the pages mark her unique perspectives on nature, family, self, home, and more. Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a lifelong poet, educator, and entrepreneur. Her work explores themes of women, latinidad, magic, and more. Together, they will bring us into their worlds and practices.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the New York Times best-selling author of WORLD OF WONDERS: IN PRAISE OF FIREFLIES, WHALE SHARKS, & OTHER ASTONISHMENTS, finalist for the Kirkus Prize in non-fiction, and recently named the Barnes and Noble Book of the Year. She is also the author of four books of poetry, and is poetry editor of SIERRA, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. Awards for her writing include a fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Council, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for poetry, National Endowment of the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is professor of English and Creative Writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.
is a Dominican and Puerto Rican Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Literature, a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2020 Atticus Review Poetry Contest winner. She is also a BRIO award winner with fellowships from CantoMundo, Desert Nights Rising Stars, The Frost Place, and VONA. With advanced degrees in education and an MFA in Performance Studies this former teen mother, and initiated priestess in Lukumi and Palo celebrates womanhood and honors cultural rituals. She’s a three-time International Latino Book Award winner who authored Conversations With My Skin
(2011), and Homage To The Warrior Women
(2012). Through Robleswrites Productions, she created The Abuela Stories Project
(2016) and Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, and The Muse
(2017). Her work has been featured on HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center, Smithsonian Institute- Museum of the American Indian, Pen America World Voices Festival, Pregones Theater, and her poetry appears online in Poets.org, Tribes.org, The Quarry at Split This Rock, The Common, 92Y.org, Centro Voices Letras Literary Journal, and NACLA.org. Peggy’s poetry has also been published in several anthologies including The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext
(2020), and What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump
(2019). For more please visit Robleswrites.com.