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Duvall Poetry Open Mic – September 6: Eugenia Toledo & Carolyne Wright

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Join us at the Duvall Library, 15508 Main Street NE in Duvall, on September 6 at 7 p.m. for this month’s Poetry Open Mic featuring Eugenia Toledo & Carolyne Wright.

Eugenia Toledo was born in Temuco, Chile, grew up in the same neighborhood as Pablo Neruda, completed higher degrees in Spanish, and came to the U.S. for doctoral studies after her university instructorship was terminated following the 1973 military coup. She received an M.A. in Latin American Literature and a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Washington, and settled in Seattle to teach and write. She has published four books of poetry and a creative writing text in Spanish.  Her new, 4Culture award-winning bilingual poetic sequence is Trazas de mapa, trazas de sangre / Map Traces, Blood Traces (translated by Carolyne Wright, Mayapple Press, 2017), the story of an exile’s return to her homeland after the military coup that sent her away for decades. With her husband, Eugenia divides her time between Temuco and Seattle.

Carolyne Wright’s ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press, 2015), co-edited with Eugenia Toledo, received10 Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Awards.

Her nine volumes of poetry include Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire (Blue Lynx Prize, American Book Award); and A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press), an Alice Fay di Castagnola Award finalist. Soon to appear is This Dream the World: New and Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017).

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