The Diversity Committee of the University Libraries is pleased to present an event with one of UNCG's distinguished faculty members and renowned poet, Dr. Mark Smith Soto. Dr. Mark Smith-Soto will discuss his writing career and the ways in which his ethnic identity has influenced both the perception and creation of his poetry.
Please join us on Tuesday, October 25, at 4:00 pm in Kirkland Room, Elliott University Center.
Dr. Smith-Soto was born in his father's hometown, Washington D.C., and reared in his mother's native country, Costa Rica. He is Professor of Spanish, editor of International Poetry Review, and former director of the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at UNCG. A 2005 winner of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing, his poetry has appeared in Nimrod, The Sun, Poetry East, Quarterly West, Callaloo, Literary Review, Kenyon Review and many other literary journals. The author of three award-winning poetry chapbooks, his first full-length collection, Our Lives Are Rivers, was published in 2003 by the University Press of Florida and Any Second Now, by Main Street Rag Press in 2006. Eleven of his short one-act plays have been produced locally by the Greensboro Playwrights' Forum. A verse play, Deal With This: Trio From The Holocaust Museum, produced by Theatre Orange of the Arts Center of Carrboro and Chapel Hill was one of ten winners of their 2003 "Ten by Ten in the Triangle" festival competition and was published in the anthology Thirty-five by Ten (Dramatic Publishers, 2005). His most recent publication is the bilingual Fever Season: Selected Poetry of Ana Istarú (Unicorn Press, 2010).