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San Miguel Poetry Week

By Kathy Snodgrass

Once again, San Miguel Poetry Week, now in its 19th year, invites the general public to nightly 7pm poetry readings at Teatro Santa Ana. Admission is free. For more information about San Miguel Poetry Week, go to This year’s faculty and guest poets come from Great Britain, the US, and Mexico.

Toi Derricotte has written five books of poetry. Her collection, Tender, won the 1998 Patterson Poetry Prize, and her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks, published the same year, received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her many honors include the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the NEA and from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations. Professor Emerita at the University of Pittsburgh, she is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine books of poetry, including The Unbearable Heart, winner of an American Books Award, and Earshot, winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and the Association of Asian-American Studies Literature Award. Among her many honors are fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, the Shelly Memorial Prize, and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award. Hahn teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, The City University of New York.

Glyn Maxwell, born in England of Welsh parents, has published several books of poetry. Out of the Rain won the 1992 Somerset Maugham Award, and The Nerve won the 2002 Geoffrey Farber Memorial Prize. Three of his books have been short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize, and two have been short-listed for the Whitbred Poetry Prize. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Welsh Academy, Maxwell has won the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has taught at Amherst College, Columbia, and The New School, and was poetry editor of New Republic from 2001 to 2007.

Paul Muldoon, is the Howard G.B. Clark Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University. The Irish poet has published over 30 books. His many awards and honors include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2003), the Griffin Poetry Prize (Canada, 2003), the Irish Times Literature Prize for Poetry (1997), the T.S. Eliot Prize (1994), and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (1992). From 1999 to 2004 he was the Oxford Professor of Poetry. He is also president of the Poetry Society (UK), and Poetry Editor of The New Yorker.

Natalia Toledo, guest poet is from Mexico. She writes in Spanish and Zapotec, the language she learned as a child in Juchitan de Zaragoza, Oaxaca. The author of five books of poetry, she has also collaborated on children’s stories with her father, the artist Francesco Toledo. Her poems have been widely anthologized in Mexico, South America, Europe, and the US. Her awards include the Premio Nezahualcoyotl de Literatura (2004).

Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50ª, 7pm
Sun, Jan 3, Toi Derricotte and Glyn Maxwell
Mon, Jan 4, Paul Muldoon and Participants’ Showcase Readings
No readings on Tuesday
Wed, Jan 6, Kimiko Hahn and Natalia Toledo
Thu, Jan 7, Faculty and Participants’ Reading

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