Join us at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center on Sunday, June 12th, 2-4 PM, when Riverwood Poetry Series presents its annual Social Justice Poetry Reading, entitled “Deep Roots, Broken Skies, Rising Tides,” and featuring poets Carmen Tafolla and Cheryl Savageau. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is located at 77 Forest Street, Hartford.
About the poets:
Carmen Tafolla Named by the Texas Legislature in 2015 as the State Poet Laureate of Texas, Dr. Tafolla is a popular speaker, performer andeducator and is one of the most widely anthologized of Latina writers. In 1973, she became Director of the Mexican-American Studies Center at Texas Lutheran College, where she initiated the El Premio Roberto Salinas Award to recognize students who have worked to promote human understanding and cultural harmony. Tafolla has held numerous faculty and administrative positions at universities throughout the Southwest and was twice honored by the Library of Congress. She has authored five books of poetry, eight children’s picture books, seven television screenplays, several non-fiction volumes, and a collection of short stories. Dr. Tafolla currently teaches at the University of Texas-San Antonio, and lives in San Antonio, where she is at work on the biography of noted 1930s civil rights organizer Emma Tenayuca.
Cheryl Savageau’s most recent book of poetry is Mother/Land. Her second book of poetry, Dirt Road Home, was a finalist for the Paterson Prize. She has been awarded Fellowships in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. Her work has appeared in AGNI, The Boston Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Hinchas de Poesia, Pentimento, and other literary journals and inanthologies including An Ear to the Ground, Poetry Like Bread, The Eye of the Deer, Living in Storms. She is editor of the online journal, Dawnland Voices 2.0, a journal of Native indigenous voices from New England. She has just completed a memoir on bipolar illness.