“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.”
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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.
Tue., June 24, 6 p.m., 2014