UCF Second Annual Book Festival–great writers, great time
Besides visiting with students on Thursday morning, she performed an evening reading and afterwards signed books and chatted with more students (several repeat “customers” from the morning session).
Friday night was the UCF Book Festival Authors Reception–so many very impressive authors indeed. Among them Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Tayari Jones, Nina Revoyr, Stephanie Brown, Vicki Forman, Michael Colonnese, Virgil Suarez and so many more–Judith too!
To end this photo-filled post (and get back to grading papers–deep sigh), I want to congratulate my dear friend and musical collaborator Kevin Meehan, newly promoted full professor at UCF! Kevin served as our superb moderator on the Latinos into the Mainstream panel at the Book Festival. Judith, Virgil Súarez and I fielded his and the audience’s questions for an interesting and lively session. The highlight for me was being able to read a poem, “Stained Teeth” for Virgil that I dedicated to him, inspired by one of his essays from his Spared Angola; I had sent it to him years ago but to read it for him in person was an awesome experience. Thanks also to Judith too who requested I perform “Hambre, Hombre, Hembra” at her Thursday evening reading; I was accompanied by my husband on the maracas–we celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary on that day. My poem was inspired by her “Beans: An Apologia for not Loving to Cook” from A Love Story Beginning in Spanish.