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Angela Trudell Vasquez will read her poetry on Wed., Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Whipple Gallery on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.

Her reading is a part of the Visiting Writers series at SMSU.

Vasquez’s new collection of poems from the book In Light, Always Light honor the illuminating power of poetry, but speak expressively of racial injustice and the dark “inherited grief” that is its offspring. The poems include history, endurance, and remembrance of survival of migrant ancestors who worked hard for a future in a new country.

Vasquez is an Iowa native whose roots go back to the late 1800s when her family immigrated from Mexico with the Rock Island Railroad. She received an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2017. Her work has been published in Taos Journal of Poetry, Yellow Medicine Review, Raven Chronicles, and Cloudthroat. She has poems on the Poetry Foundation’s website and was a Ruth Lilly fellow as an undergraduate at Drake University. She has new work forthcoming from RED INK: International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts & Humanities and the South Florida Poetry Journal. In 2018 she was a finalist for the New Women’s Voices series and her book, In Light, Always Light, was published by Finishing Line Press in May 2019. She guest edited the Spring 2019 edition of the Yellow Medicine Review with Millissa Kingbird, just released.

The reading is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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