National Poetry Month featuring JOAQUÍN ZIHUATANEJO

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“Dallas is a place where street poets tell awful truths in beautiful ways.” - Joaquín Zihuatanejo

Patchouli Joe's is truly honored to recognize National Poetry Month by welcoming the first ever Poet Laureate of Dallas, Joaquín Zihuatanejo.

This very special event will be emceed by Denton poet Valois J Vera aka, "Crip Lyrical," and will feature two more North Texas poets, Thomas Dillard and Roses for a night of poetry to remember.

Joaquín Zihuatanejo, born January 16, 1971, in Dallas, Texas, is a Chicano/Latinx poet and award-winning teacher. He received his BA in English from the University of North Texas and his MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Zihuatanejo is the author of Occupy Whiteness (Deep Vellum Books, 2024); Dollars for Scholars (CoolBooks Publishing, 2020); Arsonist (Anhinga Press, 2018), winner of the Anhinga-Robert Dana Prize for Poetry; Fight or Flight (CoolBooks Publishing 2016); Of Fire and Rain (Bonita Blvd Press, 2012), coauthored with Natasha Carrizosa; Family Tree (Bonita Blvd Press, 2010); Barrio Songs (Bonita Blvd Press 2008). 

Zihuatanejo is the winner of the 2008 Individual World Poetry Slam and the 2009 European World Cup of Poetry Slam held in Paris, France. His poem, “Nahui Ehecatl First Son Jaguar Son” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Sonora Review.

Zihuatanejo has been a Latinx Scholar at Tin House and a visiting faculty member at The Frost Place Conference on Teaching Poetry. In 2022, he was named the inaugural poet laureate of Dallas, Texas. The following year, Zihuatanejo received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship. 

Valois J Vera aka "Crip Lyrical"

Thomas Dillard



Event date: 
Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
221 W. Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201
Occupy Whiteness By Joaquín Zihuatanejo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646053087
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - February 13th, 2024

Dollars for Scholars: Everything You Need to Know about Writing Essays that Win Scholarships, the Scholarship Process, and the Transition fr By Joaquin Zihuatanejo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578616377
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Coolspeak Publishing Company - December 13th, 2019

Fight or Flight By Joaquin Zihuatanejo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692424483
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Coolspeak Publishing Company - April 6th, 2015