Live Oak Reading Series to host poet Francisco Aragon tonight


    The TCU department of English will be presenting Francisco Aragón, author of “Glow of Our Sweat,” to read poetry selections in room 320 of Moudy Building South tonight at 6:30 p.m.

    Aragón will read his poetry as a part of the Live Oak Reading Series to raise awareness about Latino poetry.

    The Live Oak Reading Series takes place only a few times a semester, said David Colón, assistant professor of English. The English department sponsors authors to visit campus and perform formal readings throughout the school year.

    Colón said he chose to contact Aragón after meeting him years ago while doing research on contemporary Latino poetry.

    “I came to visit TCU for the first time in order to meet with graduate students of Latino poetry and to promote my newest book to the public,” Aragón said.

    Colón said Aragón will read several selections, the most prominent being from “The Wind Shifts” and “Puerta del Sol.”

    Aragón is also the director of Letras Latinas, the literary program at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

    According to Aragón's website, he is also the editor of Canto Cosas, a book series out of Bilingual Press that publishes Latino poetry.

    Colón said this reading in particular is a great opportunity for graduate students in the Latino/a Studies program at the university to learn about Aragón’s work.

    “Aragón will allow students to get a personal taste of what Latino poetry is all about,” Colón said.