Leslie Contreras Schwartz - FUEGO

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

RESCHEDULED from May 27 due to weather. Amanda Auchter will introduce Leslie Contreras Schwartz.

FUEGO is full of fire, of the passionate intensity of creation in the face of great odds—the intensity of difficult pregnancies and childbirth and all-consuming motherhood, of the immigrant student who struggles to write his first sentences in English, the child who falls from her bike and gets up again and again, the long-distance swimmer trying to swim to Antarctica, all of them stand-ins, I think, for the artist who struggles to make something meaningful from language in the midst of life, which is to say in the midst of death. This Leslie Contreras Schwartz has done in her debut collection, and hers is a distinctive and welcome new voice in American poetry.

–Susan Wood, Gladys Louise Fox Professor Emerita of English at Rice University, author of ASUNDER, National Poetry Series selection 2001

Leslie Contreras Schwartz holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and a BA in English from Rice University. Her poetry has appeared in Pebble Lake Review, Southern Women’s Review, The Adirondack Review, “Improbable Worlds: An Anthology of Texas and Louisiana Poets” by Mutabilis Press, and other publications, and her essays have appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Ozy, and Dame Magazine. Her first collection of poems, FUEGO, will be published by Saint Julian Press in March 2016.

Amanda Auchter is the former editor of Pebble Lake Review and the author of The Wishing Tomb, winner of the 2012 Perugia Press Award and the 2013 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry; The Glass Crib, winner of the 2010 Zone 3 Press First Book Award, and of the chapbook Light Under Skin. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and currently teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Lone Star College. She is at work on a memoir about adoption and the foster care system, What Took You So Long.