Curated Conversation(s): Caridad Moro-Gronlier with Richard Blanco
Curated Conversation(s): A Latinx Poetry Show is a virtual initiative that features in-depth conversations between a Latinx poet and an interlocutor of their choosing. These pre-recorded discussions are posted on the web every month and involve a deep dive into a first book. A parallel activity involves monthly book club discussions on Zoom moderated by guest poets. This Letras Latinas program is a partnership with The Writer’s Center and Duende District Bookstore, made possible with funding from the Poetry Foundation and private benefaction.
Caridad Moro-Gronlier is the author of TORTILLERA, the winner of the TRP Southern Poetry Breakthrough Prize for Florida forthcoming from Texas Review Press in the Spring of 2021, as well as the chapbook Visionware, published by Finishing Line Press as part of its New Women’s Voices Series. She is also a Contributing Editor for Grabbed: Poets and Writers Respond to Sexual Assault, Empowerment and Healing (Beacon Press, 2020) and an Associate Editor for SWWIM Every Day, an online daily poetry journal for women identifying poets. Moro-Gronlier is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant and a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry. Her work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, The Best of the Net and a Lambda Literary Award. Recent work can be found at The Best American Poetry Blog, Rhino, Go Magazine, Fantastical Florida, Notre Dame Review, West Trestle Review, The Woven Tapestry Press and others. A career educator, Moro-Gronlier is a Dual Enrollment professor for FIU in conjunction with MDCPS and an Adjunct English professor at Miami Dade College. She resides in Miami, FL with her family.
Selected by President Obama as the fifth Presidential Inaugural Poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco is the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, cultural identity characterizes his many collections of award-winning poetry, including his most recent, How To Love A Country, and his memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. Blanco is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, has received numerous honorary doctorates, serves as Education Ambassador for The Academy of American Poets, and is an Associate Professor at Florida International University.