“Yes, but beyond happiness what is there? The question has not yet been answered.” But perhaps it will be explored as Arizona’s first-ever poet laureate, Alberto Rios, speaks in Tempe this month. The award-winning author and poet who has written 10 books, three short-story collections, and a memoir, has made not just a name for himself but a language. This “third language,” which combines the Spanish he spoke in his home in Nogales, Arizona, and the English he was forced to speak in school, makes a frequent appearance in his poems and has been praised by the Voice Literary Supplement as “both foreign and familiar, but always enchanting.”
Poet Laureate Alberto Rios will read from his works at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, at Tempe Public Library, 3500 South Rural Road. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.tempe.gov/library or call 480-350-5500.