KGB: Monday Night Poetry: Anna Maria Hong + Rigoberto Gonzalez

March 04, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hong’s first poetry collection, Age of Glass, won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition and will be published in April 2018. Her novella, H & G, won the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s inaugural Clarissa Dalloway Prize and will be published by Sidebrow Books in May 2018. Her second poetry collection, Fablesque, won Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize for a first or second book of poetry and will be published in 2019.  A former Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the winner of Poetry magazine’s Frederick Bock Prize, Hong has received residencies from Yaddo, Djerassi, Fundación Valparaiso, and Kunstnarhuset Messen. Her poetry chapbook Hello, virtuoso! was published by the Belladonna* Collaborative. She is also the editor of Growing Up Asian American, an anthology of fiction and memoir published by William Morrow and Avon Books.  She teaches at UPenn.

Rigoberto González is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Book of Ruin, published by Four Way Books. His twelve books of prose include two bilingual children’s books, the three young adult novels in the Mariposa Club series, and the memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He also edited Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing, Alurista’s new and selected volume Xicano Duende: A Select Anthology, and a 2019 issue of Ploughshares. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, a NYFA grant in poetry, the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Lambda Literary Award for Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, The Poetry Center Book Award, and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award, he is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine and writes a monthly column for NBC-Latino online. Currently, he is professor of English and director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey. In 2015, he received The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. Additionally, he serves as critic-at-large with the L.A. Times, is a member of the Writers Council for the Center for Fiction, and sits on the boards of three national literary organizations: Zoeglossia: A Community for Writers with Disabilities, the Poetry Society of America (PSA), and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).