Poet Emily Pérez to read at Ripon College

Poet Emily Pérez will read from her work Oct. 5 at Ripon College. The reading will run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the North Reading Room of Lane Library on the campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Pérez will read from her fairy tale-influenced collection of poems, House of Sugar, House of Stone. Books will be available for purchase and author signing.

Pérez grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She is the author of Backyard Migration Route, (Finishing Line Press) a poetry chapbook exploring literal and figurative borders from her childhood on the Texas/Mexico border.

She graduated with honors from Stanford University and earned an MFA at the University of Houston, where she served as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast and taught with Writers in the Schools. A recipient of grants and scholarships from the Artist Trust, Jack Straw Writers, Bread Loaf Writers’ Workshop, Summer Literary Seminars, and Inprint, Houston, she also is a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

Her poems have appeared in journals including Crab Orchard Review, Calyx, Borderlands and DIAGRAM, and her first full-length collection of poetry, House of Sugar, House of Stone, was published by the Center for Literary Publishing in the spring of 2016.

She teaches English in Denver, Colorado, where she lives with her husband and sons.

Her appearance at Ripon is sponsored by the Visiting Writers Series.


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