Island Poets to Gather on Sept. 4

Ivan Argüelles

The Alameda Island Poets will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with readings from featured poets: Ivan Argüelles, Naomi Quiñonez and Hector Zamudio. The poets’ monthly reading takes place Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. 

Argüelles is an innovative and widely published Mexican-American poet. He was raised in México, Los Angeles and Rochester, Minn. A professional librarian, he was employed by the New York Public Library and the Library at UC Berkeley. A prolific writer, he has published numerous poetry collections, foremost among them: “That” Goddess; Madonna Septet and received many awards. In 2013 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

Quiñonez is a poet, educator and cultural activist. She authored three collections of poetry, edited several critical and literary publications and co-founded the Bay Area Librotraficante network and the Los Angeles Barrio Writer’s Workshop. She was a guest speaker for the Latina Reproductive Rights Organization in Tampa, Fla.; spoke on Women and Violence in Boulder, Colo., and represented Chicana authors at the Latin American Women’s Conference in Madrid. Quiñonez is the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, the American Book Award, and a California Arts Grant, She is featured in Notable Hispanic Women and the Dictionary of Literary Biography.

Zamudio is originally from Long Beach and is currently based in Oakland. He writes in English and throws in Spanish without translation. He has been writing poetry in secret for most of his life. 

The event is hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. Light refreshments followed by open mic. Admission is by donation.

For more information, call 205-2375 or visit www.frankbettecenter.org.

Naomi Quiñonez
Hector Zamudio