English Dept. to Present Arkansas Literary Festival Discussion

UALR’s Department of English will present a discussion with Lucha Corpi, a Mexican-born poet, novelist and children’s book writer, as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival at 10 a.m. April 9 in the 5th floor conference room of UALR’s Ottenheimer Library.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the discussion. Copies of Corpi’s books will be available for purchase.

Corpi has written two poetry books, two children’s books that featured English and Spanish test, and six novels, including five mystery novels featuring the Chicana detective Gloria Damasco. The most recent of those mysteries, “Death at Solstice,” was named as a finalist for the ForeWard Book of the Year Award.

Corpi has also received an NEA fellowship, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Prize in fiction and the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Book Award of Excellence in Adult Fiction. She has also been a tenured teacher in the Oakland Public Schools Neighborhood Centers Program for over 30 years in Oakland, California, where she resides.

For more information, contact Paul Yoder, associate professor of English, at rpyoder@ualr.edu.

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