A Poet’s Life for Me An Afternoon with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo and Friends


Marysville, Ca.

In honor of National Poetry Month, Yuba Sutter Arts is proud to welcome its Poet in Residence, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and four other remarkable poets to the Burrows Theater.  This celebration of poetry will be held on Sunday, April 14 at 2pm. The address is 630 E Street in Marysville. The event is free and open to the public.

Marcelo has invited some of his poet friends each of whom are well known in the field; Norma Beatriz Sánchez, Rooja Mohassessy, Sara Borjas and Angela James.  National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. 

Norma Beatriz Sánchez is a Mexican poet and member of the literary group Escritores Del Nuevo Sol. Ms. Sánchez's set will be a Spanish/English, on-stage collaboration with Marcelo. 

Rooja Mohassessy was born in Iran and has lived in Europe, Asia and the United States. She is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at Pacific University and working on an ekphrastic project of poems inspired by the art of her late uncle Bahman Mohassess, the important Iranian artist often referred to as the "Persian Picasso.”

Sara Borjas is a Xicanx pocha and a Fresno poet. Her debut collection of poetry, Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff was published by Noemi Press in 2019.  She lives in Los Angeles but stays rooted in Fresno.

Angela James is a poet and storyteller steeped in the oral tradition of her family in the Caribbean. Her eclectic mix of poetry, stories, music and motion appeal to a wide range of audiences. Angela's work has been published in the literary magazine, Sussuruss and in three collections - Personally, Random Pieces and Words. She has been a judge for the California Poetry Out Loud competition and has worked with Poets in the Schools.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, translator, and immigration advocate. He is the author of Cenzontle (BOA editions, 2018), chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy as the winner of the 2017 A. Poulin, Jr. prize. He is a founding member of the Undocupoets campaign which successfully eliminated citizenship requirements from all major first poetry book prizes in the country. As an AB540 student, Marcelo earned his B.A. from Sacramento State University and was the first undocumented student to graduate from the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan.

To keep up with other April literary arts events to or to find out more about all arts events in the community, please go to www.yubasutterarts.org or like Yuba Sutter Arts on Facebook.  You can also call the office for updates - 530-742-2787.   

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