Poet-in-residence Sonya Lee will present reading April 26 at Ripon College

A reading by Wisconsin’s Own Library poet-in-residence Sonya Lara will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, in Caestecker Gallery, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts, at Ripon College. Admission is free and open to the public. It is part of the Rodman Arts Celebration which will offer a poetry reading, student-written one-act play, concert and student art exhibit opening starting at 6 p.m.

Lara is a biracial Mexican American writer. She received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Virginia Tech. She was accepted for the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, the Hambidge Creative Residency Program, the Peter Bullough Foundation Residency, the Blue Mountain Center Residency, the Good Hart Artist Residency, and the Shenandoah National Park Artist-in-Residence Residency.

Currently the Wisconsin’s Own Library Poet-in-Residence Fellow, she also is a recipient of the Studios Fellowship through The Studios at MASS MoCA; was a finalist for the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship, the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, and the Outpost Residency Fellowship; was shortlisted for The Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award and was runner-up in Shenandoah’s Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets.

Her work appeared or is forthcoming in The Maine Review, Frontier, Shenandoah, Ninth Letter, AGNI, The Los Angeles Review, The Acentos Review, and elsewhere. More information is available on her website at sonyalara.com.

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