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On November 11, Poets@Pace brings award-winning poets Patricia Spears Jones and Mónica de la Torre to campus to share their words and wisdom with the Pace Community.

On Tuesday, November 11, award-winning poets Patricia Spears Jones and Mónica de la Torre will give the Fall 2014 Reading in the Poets@Pace series. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. in the Bianco Room, Level B, One Pace Plaza. It will include a Q&A, a book signing, and refreshments. Poets@Pace, which brings important poets to the Pace’s New York City Campus each semester, is organized by Pace Poet-in-Residence Charles North and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Patricia Spears Jones has received poetry awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York Community Trust, Goethe Institute, New York Foundation for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts. She has published three poetry collections and four chapbooks, and two of her plays were commissioned and produced by Mabou Mines, the acclaimed experimental theater company. Her work has been anthologized in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry and Best American Poetry. She has served on literature panels at the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, Associated Writing Programs, Hollins College, and The New Museum of Contemporary Art. A Senior Fellow at the Black Earth Institute, she teaches at La Guardia Community College.

Mónica de la Torre was born and raised in Mexico City and came to the U.S. in 1993 on a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Columbia. She has published poetry in both English and Spanish. Her first book in English, Talk Shows, came out in 2007, followed by Public Domain in 2008. She co-edited Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry, as well as other multilingual anthologies, and has translated numerous Spanish-language poets including Poems by Gerardo Deniz. Currently senior editor at the art magazine Bomb, she has herself collaborated with a number of artists. About her work, poet Mary Jo Bang wrote: “Rather than relying on false certainties and pat recollections, de la Torre offers up a fine-tuned sense of the ridiculous, a world of tomfool capers with a hint of the macabre.”

For more information about this semester’s Poets@Pace reading, contact cnorth@pace.edu.

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