Renowned poet to visit ACU

Posted April 01, 2014

The ACU Department of Language and Literature will welcome poet Rebecca Balcarcel to campus this week to help the university observe National Poetry Month. Balcarcel, associate professor of English at Tarrant County College, will give an open reading free to the public this Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Core Classroom adjacent to the Brown Library.

Balcarcel will also speak to several English classes on the value of poetry. The daughter of a Guatemalan father and an Anglo mother, Balcarcel is known for freely using Spanish phrases and colloquialisms in her work.

"I was interested in inviting a poet into our midst who speaks to the challenges and benefits of bringing together two cultures,” says Al Haley, ACU's Writer in Residence and professor of English. “With her carefully chosen words, Rebecca is just that kind of builder of bridges."

Balcarcel received an MFA in creative writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2002 and is a recipient of its Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. She is the author of "Palabras in Each Fist" (2010), a collection published by Pecan Grove Press in San Antonio. Her poems have appeared in the North American Review, the South Dakota Review, Oklahoma Review, Kaleidoscope, and more than 40 other journals.

Watch an interview with Rebecca Balcarcel on the ACU Today magazine blog


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