Published Poet Scheduled to Read Her Work at CNM

Jan 25, 2017 By: Hilary Broman

Senior Staff Reporter

Emmy Pèrez, a published poet, is scheduled to read her poetry this Friday January 27th at main campus in the SRC building, room 204 at 7 p.m., said Rebecca Aronson, who organized the event and is a CNM faculty member.

Pèrez will read and talk about her work then there will be a question and answer period, Aronson said.

She writes a lot about borderland issues and the impact of immigration policies on people, wildlife and the environment, Aronson said.

“Emmy is a bilingual poet, she is Chicana, she is really involved in the Latino and Latina writing community,” Aronson said, “I think that she has a lot to offer to our students here in particular and to this community.”

Pèrez is the recipient of the 2017 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry, Aronson said.

She has also received fellowships from CantoMundo, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, in previous years, Aronson said.

“Her poems are gorgeous, her attention to language is amazing,” said Aronson.

After the reading and Q&A, Pèrez’s books will be sold and she will be available to sign them and to chat, Aronson said.

The bookstore will sell Pèrez’s new book, “With the River on Our face,” for $16.95, as well as her previous book, “Solstice,” for $14.00, said Ann Heaton, CNM bookstore area manager.

Students will be able to use cash or card, Heaton said.

“I think that the reading has a really wide appeal, even for people who might not feel like a poetry reading is what they want to go to,” Aronson said, “Emmy is a really diverse, well rounded writer.”

This event will be sponsored by the Executive Council of Students, Aronson said.


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