Cristina Rivera Garza is the award-winning author of six novels, three collections of stories, five collections of poetry, and three non-fiction books. Originally written in Spanish, these works have been translated into English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, and more. Born in Mexico in 1964, she has lived in the United States since 1989. She is Distinguished Professor in Hispanic Studies and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Houston.
The Taiga Syndrome was published in the United States last year by Dorothy, a Publishing Project, which was co-founded by Danielle Dutton (NWS S’11) and Martin Riker (NWS F’18.) In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews called the novel “an eerie, slippery gem of a book.”
Garza will read from and discuss her work in the fourth event of the twentieth-anniversary season of the UMaine New Writing Series on Thursday, November 14, at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE Space (Stewart Commons 104). Greg Howard will host and introduce. Free and open to the public.
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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the Center for Poetry and Poetics (formerly the National Poetry Foundation), with support from the Eaton Family New Writing Series Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the Fernald APPE space.
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