Events

The creative writing program and English department at Mesa Community College are proud to welcome Javier Zamora and Susan Nguyen for a reading Thursday, October 27 starting at 7:00 p.m. This digital event can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/bdrtch8j (password: VKjpTWMg824) or via phone at 1 602-666-0783, access code ‪2498 337 3024. Any questions/concerns can be directed to Jeremy Broyles, jeremy.broyles@mesacc.edu. Please join us as these two writers share their words and experiences with all of us at MCC.

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador in 1990. His father fled the country when he was a year old and his mother when he was about to turn five. Both parents' migrations were caused by the U.S.-funded Salvadoran Civil War. When he was nine, Javier migrated through Guatemala, Mexico, and the Sonoran Desert. His debut poetry collection, Unaccompanied, explores the impact of the war and immigration on his family. Zamora has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard and holds fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Susan Nguyen’s debut poetry collection Dear Diasporawon the 2020 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2021. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize and have appeared or are forthcoming in The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, The American Poetry Review, The Rumpus, Tin House, Diagram, and elsewhere. The recipient of fellowships from the AZ Commission on the Arts, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and the 2022 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review, she currently serves as the senior editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review.

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