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Pulitzer Prize nominee holds poetry reading at ASU’s Polytechnic campus


October 30, 2007

MESA, Ariz. — Arizona State University will host a free poetry reading by Margo Tamez, from noon to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 8, ASU Polytechnic campus Academic Center Building, Garden Level.

Tamez (Lipan-Apache/Jumano-Apache), a poet and environmental activist, completed an M.F.A. in poetry in the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University in 1997. Her first published work, Alleys & Allies, is a collection of poems that experimented with the oral tradition, the traditional 'corrido' from northern Mexico and South Texas, and social-political subjects. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Naked Wanting appeared in 2004, and her second collection, Raven Eye, published in 2007, has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Tamez is currently a graduate student at Washington State University pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies. Her doctoral work focuses on contemporary indigenous women’s narratives and cultural productions which interrogate and speak out on toxic environments and engage environmental justice strategies in borderland and transnational indigenous communities.

This reading is sponsored by Arts and Humanities, American Indian Programs, the Student Union, Multicultural Student Affairs, and ASU Libraries at the Polytechnic campus. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, call (480) 727-1098.