The Department of Humanities within the College of Arts & Media at Southeastern University is proud to announce The Power of Poetry: An Evening with Odilia Galván Rodríguez.

Raised in Chicago, Galván Rodríguez now resides in Texas and California and brings a global sensibility to her work, having also lived in Cuba, Mexico, and Brazil. An activist on behalf of immigrants, laborers, and the environment, Galván Rodríguez has also published several collections of poetry including The Nature of Things (2016) and Migratory Birds: New and Noted Poems (2002); her poetry also appears in a variety of anthologies and journals.

Galván Rodríguez facilitates writing workshops around the country, serves as the editor of Cloud Women’s Quarterly Journal, and curates multiple far-reaching social media projects including the Facebook pages “Poets Responding (to SB 1070)” and “Love and Prayers for Fukushima,” both of which encourage people to write poetry in response to discrimination and traumatic experiences.

The public is invited to attend her keynote address, The Power of Poetry: An Evening with Odilia Galván Rodríguez, on October 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Buena Vida West Auditorium. The event will be followed by a book signing and light reception, compliments of the Southeastern University Steelman Library.

During the keynote, Galván Rodríguez will present her poetry in both Spanish and English, and she will discuss the publication of the groundbreaking collection Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice (2016, University of Arizona Press), which she co-edited with the late Chicano poet Francisco X. Alarcon. Described by the University of Arizona Press as “poetry of witness,” this collection of poetry responds to xenophobia and racism, having begun as a series of poems reacting to legislation passed in Arizona in 2010 that encouraged racial profiling and restricted ethnic studies programs in public high schools. Poetry of Resistance was a finalist for the 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

Galván Rodríguez will host two additional events open only to Southeastern students, a discussion in Professor Jason Old’s Latin American Literature course on October 29 and a poetry workshop for English and Creative Writing students on October 30.

This is the second writer in the new Humanities Visiting Writer Program. The Department of Humanities started the Visiting Writer Program last year with a four-day residency by the inaugural visiting writer, Cherokee novelist and poet, Diane Glancy. Each year, Department of Humanities faculty bring a writer to campus that is both nationally known and published. This program features that writer’s work in multiple classes and provides free programming to students and the public.

The Department of Humanities within the College of Arts & Media at Southeastern University thanks the co-sponsors of the Odilia Galván Rodríguez’s residency — the Office of the Provost of Southeastern University and the Steelman Library. For further information on these events, contact the Department of Humanities at (863) 667-5113 or click here.

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