Joaquin Zihuatanejo Book Launch @ Latino Cultural Center

What: TransNational Impressions, A Book Launch Celebration
When: Wednesday, November 7, 7:30
Where:Latino Cultural Center,  2600 Live Oak St, Dallas, TX 75204
Hosted by: Mylan Nguyen

WordSpace is honored to partner with Latino Cultural Center to present TransNational Impressions.

Join us to celebrate the launch of Joaquin Zihuatanejo’s award winning new book, and national tour. 

Arsonist is the winner of the 2018 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry.

Photo: Jess Ewald

Joaquín is a poet, spoken word artist, and an award-winning teacher. In 2005, Joaquín was featured on season five of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry for HBO. For seven years, Joaquín was a highly esteemed public high school English teacher for ninth and eleventh grade students, inspiring a new collection of poems from the classroom entitled Stand Up and Be Heard. For the last three years,
Joaquín has taken a break from his teaching position to tour North America and Europe, teaching workshops and performing his one man spoken word show at hundreds of colleges, universities, conferences, and poetry slams. In his extensive journey as a professional performance poet, Joaquín has shared the stage with Billy
Collins, Saul Williams, E. Lynn Harris, Alicia Keys, and Maya Angelou among others.

As the current Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, Joaquín recently represented the United States at The World Cup of Poetry Slam Championship in Paris, France and won that title as well.

Joaquín has two passions in his life, his wife, Aída, and poetry, always in that order.




Tim Z. Hernandez is an award winning poet, novelist, and performance artist. His debut collection of poetry, Skin Tax (Heyday Books) received the 2006 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. His debut novel, Breathing, In Dust (Texas Tech University Press) was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and went on to receive the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in Fiction. His second collection of poetry, Natural Takeover of Small Things was released in 2013 and received the 2014 Colorado Book Award, and his novel, Mañana Means Heaven, which is based on the life of Bea Franco, also released in 2013, went on the receive the 2014 International Latino Book Award in historical fiction. Both books are with the University of Arizona Press. His latest book, “All They Will Call You,” was released on January 28, 2017, also with the University of Arizona Press. A genre bending work labeled a Documentary Novel, it is based on the song by Woody Guthrie, “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).”

Most recently, Hernandez was one of four finalists for the inaugural Freedom Plow Award from the Split This RockFoundation for his work on locating the victims of the plane wreck at Los Gatos. As a performer he has collaborated with Grammy Award winning classical composer Eugene Freisen, and in 2001 was commissioned by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to write and perform an original play on homelessness. Since 2007, he has worked with Poets & Writers Inc. and the California Center for the Book at UCLA teaching poetry, fiction, and non-fiction workshops across the west coast. From 2010-14 he was the state-wide coordinator for Colorado Writers-in-the-Schools with focus on rural, under-served communities. He is a frequent guest artist at Universities, cultural institutions, and literary centers across the United States and internationally.

Hernandez holds a B.A. in Writing & Literature from Naropa University and an M.F.A. from Bennington College in Vermont. He is currently a full-time Assistant Professor in the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program.


Rosemary Catacalos, 2013 Texas State Poet Laureate, was accidentally born in Florida during WWII of parents from San Antonio. She returned to San Antonio when she was three. Her poems are widely published in high school and college textbooks, among other venues. Her work has twice been collected in the annual Best American Poetry anthology and has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford University, and the Paisano Fellowship of the Texas Institute of Letters/University of Texas at Austin. One of her poems is included in Caroline Kennedy’s anthology, She Walks In Beauty, A Woman’s Journey Through Poems. Ms. Catacalos’ first full-length collection, Again for the First Time received the 1985 Texas Institute of Letters poetry prize. Again for the First Time was reissued in 2013 on its thirtieth anniversary. Also published in 2013 was a chapbook of newer poems, Begin Here, also from Wings Press.

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