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UTSA Creative Writing Program presents poet Jessica Helen Lopez on Jan. 27

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Jessica Helen Lopez
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(Jan. 11, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of English Creative Writing program will present poet Jessica Helen Lopez as the featured speaker in the Spring 2012 Creative Writing Reading Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04) on the UTSA Main Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lopez will read from her first collection of poetry "Always Messing With Mother," published by the University of New Mexico (UNM) Press.

Lopez is a poet-in-residence at several New Mexico high schools and organizes not-for-profit poetry events in New Mexico. She was a panelist for the National Hispanic Cultural Center's VOCES: A Writing Institute for Youth and a featured workshop instructor for the 12th annual Las Mujeres 2007 Conference in Madison, Wis. In 2009, she was a performer-instructor for Poesia sin Fronteras at the Converse Taos Poetry Bout and Festival.

She studied creative writing at the University of New Mexico and was a member of the 2008 National Champion UNM Lobo Slam Team and the City of Albuquerque Slam Team. She is a poetry and creative writing instructor at Robert F. Kennedy Charter High School in Albuquerque, N.N.

The UTSA reading is sponsored in conjunction with The Macondo Foundation, which works with dedicated and compassionate writers who view their work and talents as part of a larger task of community building and non-violent social change. To learn more about Macondo writing workshops, grants and residencies, visit the Macondo Foundation website.



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