Second Sunday: Carlos Reyes

Posted By:  Lisa McGean
Date Posted:  7/16/2010

Carlos Reyes
The Deschutes Public Library and Second Sunday are pleased to announce a reading by the acclaimed Portland poet, writer and translator Carlos Reyes. The reading will take place on Sunday, August 8th at 2:00 p.m. in the Brooks Room of the Bend Public Library. An open mic will follow, and this event is free and open to the public.

Carlos Reyes is an Irish-American poet blessed with an Hispanic name. Of his work Carolyn Kizer has said: “Mr. Reyes is one of our local and national treasures. His poetry is as clear and strong as his social conscience. One is always struck by his sensual and sensory qualities: the touch, taste, feel, color of things, and his ability to capture a mood, a world, in a handful of lines.

His latest book of poetry is The Book of Shadows; New and Selected Poems (2009).  Other recent books include At the Edge of the Western Wave (2004) A Suitcase Full of Crows (1995) (a Bluestem Prize winner and finalist for 1996 Oregon Book Awards), and a book of translations: Poemas de la Isla/Island Poems by Josefina de la Torre (Eastern Washington University Press, 2000).   Reyes’ translation of the Obra poética completa (Complete Poetic Works) of the preeminent Ecuadorean poet Jorge Carrera Andrade, was published in 2004 in a bilingual edition in Ecuador. He is the publisher/editor of Trask House Books, Inc. In 2007 he was awarded a Heinrich Boll Fellowship to write on Achill Island, Ireland and in 2008 was awarded the Ethel Fortner Award from St Andrews College. He was recently the poet-in-Residence in the Joshua Tree National Park. Reyes lives in Portland but travels often to Ireland and is a frequent visitor to Spain and Ecuador.

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