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"A Journey with Two Poets of Color"

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
12:30-7 p.m.

Coleman Hall and Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

Two poets will visit the campus of Eastern Illinois University to speak to creative writing students and give a reading of their work on Tuesday, Oct.  7, 2014. “A Journey with Two Poets of Color” will feature Marcelo Hernandez and Derrick Austin, both graduate candidates from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program.

Marcelo Hernandez
Marcelo Hernandez
Derrick Austin
Derrick Austin
Veronica Bleaus
Veronica Bleaus

Hernandez and Austin will hold two informal workshops in the English Department’s creative writing classes to discuss the do's and don'ts of applying to MFA programs and answer questions. The first workshop will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m., followed by the second workshop from 2-3:15 p.m. Both workshops will be held in Coleman Hall 3159. 

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about MFA programs are welcome to attend the workshop sessions.

Their journey will continue at 5:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall where Hernandez and Austin will read their original poetry. Veronica Bleaus, the self-proclaimed “Worst Drag Queen in the Midwest,” will be the host for the evening.

Hernandez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Sacramento. He has held residencies at the Squaw Writer’s Workshop, and served as artist in resident at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. With CD Wright, he is currently translating the Mexican poet Marcelo Uribe. His chapbook, This Side of Wonder, was published in 2012 by Amber Moon Press.

Austin earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa. His poetry has appeared in storySouth; Relief: A Christian Literary Expression, receiving an Editor’s Choice for Poetry; The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle; Ganymede Unfinished; and Poets for Living Waters. He received an honorable mention in the 2009 International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize contest and is a runner up for the Robinson Prize sponsored by the University of Houston.

Bleaus was born out of the destruction of a dying era of divas and drag queens. Her alter ego, John Musser, is a PhD student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

All of the events are free and open to the public. “A Journey with Two Poets of Color” is sponsored by Stories and QueerThe Department of EnglishLatin American Studies, and EIU PRIDE.

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