Book Launch, Reading & Discussion: "Velorio" by Xavier Navarro Aquino


Location: 232 Decio Hall, English Department


Please join us for a book launch of Velorio by Xavier Navarro Aquino.  The book launch will be followed by a short reading and a conversation with Dr. Marisel Moreno, the Rev. John A. O'Brien Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Notre Dame.

Xavier Navarro Aquino was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Named a "Writer to Watch" by Publishers Weekly, he is the author of the novel, Velorio, out now from HarperCollins and in Spanish from HarperCollins Español. His fiction has appeared in Tin House magazine, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Guernica, among others. His poetry has appeared in The Caribbean Writer and is anthologized in Thicker Than Water: New writing from the Caribbean by Peekash Press. He has been awarded scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a MacDowell Fellowship, and an American Council of Learned Societies Emerging Voices Fellowship at Dartmouth College. He holds an M.A. in English Caribbean Studies from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Currently, Navarro Aquino is an assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame where he teaches in the MFA program and in Notre Dame’s Initiative on Race and Resilience.

Copies of Velorio will be available to purchase at the event. 

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Xavier Navarro Aquino Feb 9


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