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Poet José Olivarez in Conversation w/ Andrea Schmid, Pioneer Valley Workers Center – 11/15

Fri, November 15th, 2019
5:00 pm
- 7:00 pm

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The English Department presents a joint presentation by poet José Olivarez and Andrea Schmid of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center. Olivarez is the author of CITIZEN ILLEGAL (Haymarket Books, 2018), which won the Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize and was selected as a top pick by NPR and the New York Public Library. The Pioneer Valley Workers Center is an award-winning community organization building power among low-wage and immigrant workers in Western Massachusetts. The two speakers will present their work, followed by a discussion in which they will offer perspectives on the intersecting roles of activism and the arts in envisioning the future of immigrant rights movements.

Workshops will follow the next day. This event is part of the Brew & Forge Lecture Series, which puts poets and activists in conversation, taking to heart Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherrie Moraga’s assertion that change requires both “the witch and the warrior, the myth-smasher and the myth-maker.” Co-sponsors: the Davis Center, the Lecture Committee, and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies.

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