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Page to Poet Artist Talk Featuring Jose B. Gonzalez
Date(s) - 02/24/2021
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Community Involvement Committee invites the college to their literary art series, Page to Poet, featuring Jose B. Gonzalez. Please join us for a conversation in verse on his experience as a Latino immigrant, writer, and academic professor, as he reads from his poetry collection, Toys Made of Rock.
There will be two 30-minute virtual readings on Wednesday, February 24: 2-2:30 pm and 3-3:30 pm. The event will be held on Webex:
Meeting number: 120 083 0233
Jose B. Gonzalez Biography
Jose B. Gonzalez is one of the most sought after speakers in the U.S. today. He was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and immigrated to New London, Connecticut at the age of eight. He knew no English and now holds a Ph.D. in English. A nationally known speaker, Dr. Gonzalez has presented at various colleges such as Harvard, Rutgers, and Cornell University; countries including Mexico, Spain, and El Salvador; and institutions including the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. He was the commencement speaker at Three Rivers Community College in 2017. He has been a contributor to National Public Radio and has published poetry in such journals as Quercus Review, Callaloo, and Acentos Review, and anthologies including the Norton Introduction to Literature, Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry, Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, and Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, which he also co-edited.
A Fulbright Scholar, he has received national and regional awards for his teaching, for his efforts to improve the conditions of Latinos pursuing a college degree or a career in higher education, and for his poetry. One of the major Salvadoran-American poets in the U.S., he is the author of the poetry collections, Toys Made of Rock (Bilingual Press), and When Love Was Reels (Arte Publico), and is the founder and editor of LatinoStories.Com.
Dr. Gonzalez infuses his presentations with a mix of poetry, humor and social commentary. He holds a Master’s in Teaching English from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rhode Island, and is an alumnus of Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Writers Workshop.