Inaugural Jake Adam York Memorial Reading Featuring Eduardo C. Corral
The Jake Adam York Memorial Reading was founded to honor the memory of Jake Adam York (1972-2012), a poet and editor who taught at the University of Colorado Denver from 2000-2012. During his time at CU Denver, York helped start the creative writing program and founded CU Denver’s national literary journal, Copper Nickel. This year’s reading is co-sponsored by Creative Writing, Copper Nickel, Colorado Center for Public Humanities, Department of English, Hispanic Student Services, and the CLAS Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fund. This memorial reading will be held each spring semester and feature a poet or prose writer whose work, like York’s poetry, engages with history and/or issues of social importance.
Eduardo C. Corral’s first book of poems, Slow Lightning (2012), won the prestigious Yale Younger Poets Prize, making him the first Latino recipient of the award. He has earned degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshops. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Discovery/The Nation Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, and has served as the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. Corral’s poems range from traditional forms to more experimental free verse structures, and they often seamlessly mix English and Spanish in their explorations of topics such as immigration and identity, sexual orientation, history, and violence
The reading is free and open to everyone. A Q & A, book signing, and reception will follow. For questions about this event, please contact Brian Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org.