Rigoberto González-The Book of Ruin

Rigoberto González


Rigoberto González is the author of 17 books of poetry and prose. His awards include Guggenheim, NEA, NYFA, and USA Rolón fellowships, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. A critic at large for The L.A. Times, he sits on the board of trustees of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and is currently professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

Hear Rigoberto González at multiple DBF 2019 sessions:

Friday, Aug 30 at 8:00PM
Keynote – Effecting Change in a Changing World: Latinx Writers on Immigration
Saturday, Aug 31 at 1:45PM
Poetry Reading: Rigoberto Gonzalez


Poetry Reading: Rigoberto Gonzalez and Kate Daniels

In his fifth full-length collection (after Unpeopled Eden), American Book Award winner Rigoberto González binds narratives of loss and rebellion with the notion that “a soaring spirit held captive/ becomes reactive.”

Introducer: Chelsea Rathburn

Chelsea Rathburn is the poet laureate of Georgia and author of three books of poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, the Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction, and other journals. A native of Miami, she currently lives in Macon, Georgia, with her husband, the poet James Davis May, and their daughter. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Mercer University.

  • Historic DeKalb Courthouse presented by Creative Flame Media
  • Sat 1:45-2:30p Courthouse

The Book of Ruin

These poems consider the history of the Americas and their uncertain future, particularly regarding the danger of climate change, and suggest a line from colonialism toward a shattering “Apocalipsixtlán.”

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