Students and professors gathered to listen to Aragón, who began the event with the first poem from his book “Puerta del Sol.”
“I thought he was unique, I liked how he composed the readings and read in different styles,” Britta Colombo, a first-year business major, said.
The event was sponsored by the English department and was a part of the Live Oak Reading Series, which takes place only a few times a semester.
Aragón, a native of San Francisco, delivered a reading from “Glow of Our Sweat" titled “San Francisco 1985.”
“I liked how he used a lot of alliteration and it was easy and enjoyable to listen to,” Taylor Muller, a junior English major, said. "That was the best for me to experience because I am taking a lot of literature classes and don’t always get to read a lot of poetry."
The event lasted from 6:30 to 8 p.m. After reading his poetry, Aragón answered questions from the audience.
Chantel Langlinais, a professor in the English department, said she was able to relate to Aragón's writing process.
“I think one of my favorite parts [of the event] was when he talked about how long it took him to write about the deaths of his mother and sister because I have had a similar experience as a writer," Langlinais said. "In order to go back to that space in writing, we need a little more time from the event to write creatively.”
Students and professors also had the opportunity to purchase Aragón’s autographed books.