Mar 11

Blue Plums among the Weeds: Poems from Mario Padilla and Q&A

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online
Blue Plums among the Weeds: Poems from Mario Padilla and Q&A

Mario René Padilla, of Italian and Mexican descent, grew up a typical “midwestern” kid, so multiculturalism and cultural identity are central themes in his work. His poetry and stories have appeared in North American Review, The Antioch Review, New Letters, Alligator Juniper, The Ledge, INKWELL Magazine, Americas Review, Tulip Tree Review, Westwind, Chiron Review, Atlanta Review, among others. He is a winner of a Fulbright Award for his dissertation, Jorge Luis Borges: Young Poet of Prose (1919-1925). His first collection of poems, Reaching Back for the Neverendings, appeared in 1994. His second collection of poems, Blue Plums and Weeds, was a finalist for several literary prizes, and published in December 2020 by PSPoets in Los Angeles. Two of his stories — “La Château Possonniere” and “Scales” — won first prize in TulipTree Publishing’s story contest, Stories That Need to Be Told, 2017 and 2020. Padilla teaches English, Creative Writing, and Latin-American Literature full-time at Santa Monica College.  

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