Jimmy Santiago Baca to Read at Leonardo Release Party

By Hilary Broman

Senior Staff Reporter

As part of the CNM library authors event and the Leonardo release party, award winning poet, Jimmy Santiago Baca is scheduled to share his work.

The event will be held on April 19th from 6-8pm at the main campus library.

Many of our students read his work in their English, composition, and poetry courses, said Rebecca Aronson, English instructor.

“He is a local and national celebrity,” she said.

Aronson said that Baca is a role model and even a hero to many CNM students, faculty and staff.

“He is just such an amazing writer and he is such a force of a person,” she said, “His life experience is so compelling and I think a lot of people connect to his struggles and his triumphs.”

After Baca shares his work there will be time for questions and answers from the audience as well as a book signing.

Baca will bring books to sell, Aronson said.

Leonardo, CNM’s literary magazine, will be releasing their 2017 issue.

Four students who were published in the magazine are scheduled to share their work prior to Jimmy Santiago Baca.

The CNM library authors event is an annual event where authors come and share their work with the CNM community.

Last year was the first year that the CNM library and Leonardo teamed up to host two events in one, Aronson said.

The event was a success so they wanted to combine the events again this year.

“We loved that,” Aronson said, “It was so nice to have student readers involved.”

Previous authors that attended the authors event were Arthur Sze and Jamal May.

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