Guest Poet and Author Alex Z. Salinas Reading at DMC April 13 in Celebration of National Poetry Month
Meet and greet scheduled one hour prior to artist’s reading in the College’s Mexican American Studies Center on Heritage Campus
Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso
Accessible yet deeply meaningful, Alex Z. Salinas’ work explores love, his family roots, social injustices and the conflict inherent in being both Mexican and American. In celebration of National Poetry Month, the San Antonio poet and author will recite from his poetry during a free reading at Del Mar College (DMC) on Thursday, April 13.
DMC Libraries and the College’s Mexican American Studies Program are sponsors of the event, which is open to the public. The poetry reading begins at 11 a.m. in Wolfe Recital Hall at the Fine Arts Center Music Building on the College’s Heritage Campus, 101 Baldwin Blvd. (78404). Get online directions and campus map.
From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., a Meet and Greet with Salinas is scheduled in the Mexican American Studies Center located in Room 133 in the Coles Classroom Building, which is also located on the Heritage Campus. Pastries and coffee will be available.
For more information, contact Jennifer Jimenez, DMC Librarian and Assistant Professor of Learning Resources, at 361-698-1977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of Salinas’ poems and short stories are set in San Antonio and Corpus Christi and blend popular culture icons such as Marvin Gaye, Alicia Keys, Maxwell and Brittany Howard, along with classical authors such as Jack London and Jorge Luis Borges. He has authored two full-length poetry collections by Hekate Publishing—Warbles (2019) and Dreamt or the Lingering Phantoms of Equinox (2020), along with a collection of stories, City Lights from the Upside Down (2021).
Additionally, Salinas has two forthcoming poetry books—Hispanic Sonnets (Fall 2023) and Trash Poems (July 2023), which is a collection of poems written on gum wrappers, coffee cups and fast-food napkins and is definitely something worth checking out on social media until the book is published.
Among his recognitions, Salinas has received starred reviews in Kirkus Reviews for all three of his publications and has been included in the National Book Critics Circle’s Critical Notes.
Salinas earned a master’s degree in English Literature and Language from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where he previously served as the Associate Director of Writing and Storytelling. He was also a reporter for Prime Time Military and San Antonio Express-News.
He was born in Corpus Christi, and his parents both attended Del Mar College.
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