Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Bio for Hispanic Writer Award Winner, Richard Vargas!

Richard Vargas graduated from the UNM Creative Writing program and earned his MFA with distinction, in 2010.

He has two books of poetry published: McLife, Main Street Rag Press, 2005, and American Jesus, Tia Chucha Press, 2007. His poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor's radio show, Writer's Almanac. 

His poem, "baby brother's blues" earned him the Editor's Choice Award from the anthology, New Poets of the American West, Many Voices Press. He received a National Latino Writer's Conference Community Scholarship in May 2011. 

He currently edits and publishes a national small press poetry magazine, The Más Tequila Review, and is the events coordinator for an independent bookstore in Albuquerque. He also sits on the board of the non-profit Local Poets Guild. 

He has organized poetry readings and booksignings for Lisel Meller, Diane Wakoski, Luis J. Rodriguez, Lucien Stryk, Demetria Martinez, Mitsuye Yamada, Carlos Cortez, Marc K. Smith, and many more.

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