Virtual POETRIO: José Angel Araguz, Danita Dodson, and Cathryn Hankla

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Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets and coordinated by Mildred Barya. This month, we welcome José Angel Araguz, Danita Dodson, and Cathryn Hankla.

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José Angel Araguz, Ph.D. is the author of Rotura (Black Lawrence Press, 2022). His poetry and prose have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Poetry International, The Acentos Review, and Oxidant | Engine among other places. He is an Assistant Professor at Suffolk University where he serves as Editor-in-Chief of Salamander and is also a faculty member of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program. He blogs and reviews books at The Friday Influence. For more, visit

A moving book where the voice undulates dark and soul-filled along cracked borders, rising boundaries and worn “brown gods” along the routes, grasping at fading shimmers of truth, family, longings and stark existence. Direct and tender, knowing and lilting, shifting and wandering—in all this “rotura” rupture there is warmth, love, suffering and purpose for the long haul ahead. A magnificent, profound and necessary text from the Latinx Renaissance. 


Danita Dodson is a poet and literary scholar. Trailing the Azimuth is her debut book of poetry. She is also the co-editor of Teachers Teaching Nonviolence (2020). Her critical articles have been published in various literary journals. Dodson holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. Combining a love of scholarship and diverse experiences, she has been a Fulbright-Hays fellow in Turkey, a professor in Nicaragua, an amateur archaeologist in the Southwest, and a Spanish teacher in Appalachia. She lives in East Tennessee, and teaches English and Humanities at Walters State Community College. For more, visit

Trailing the Azimuth plumbs the deep complexities of being Appalachian, both inside and outside of Appalachia--a passionate exploration of beauty that ultimately transcends any region. Dodson's is a fresh yet familiar voice. She has delivered here an extraordinary first collection of poems that will resonate long after the last one has been read.


Cathryn Hankla is a native of southwest Virginia and the author of fifteen books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including Fortune Teller Miracle Fish, Galaxies, Great Bear, and Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home. Not Xanadu is her tenth poetry collection. Hankla’s work has been awarded a Virginia Commission for the Arts grant, a PEN Syndicated Fiction prize, and the James Boatwright poetry Prize, among other honors, and anthologized widely. Her university career spans four decades, as professor, department chair, creative writing program director, and poetry editor. She is professor emerita of English & Creative Writing, Hollins University, and Poetry Editor of The Hollins Critic. For more, visit

This brilliant and absorbing collection of poems, Cathryn Hankla’s tenth, greets us with “not,” refusing a poetic paradise; and goes on to embrace trees, birds, stars, American history, and the ghosts of roses. Craft and feeling intensify each other throughout; especially in the Cinquain Sonnets and their lightning, rough-edged resolutions. The past is adamant. To articulate its refusals disturbs memory, muddies and clarifies. Undeceived, mind and heart must somehow adjust. Experience stands half-built and half-demolished, vulnerable, “Not Xanadu.” That is this book’s challenge and its radiance.


Mildred Kiconco Barya is a writer and poet. She has written short-stories and essays for various publications, features and travel articles for newspapers. Her first collection of poetry titled: Men Love Chocolates But They Don't Say won the National Award for poetry publication 2002. She is also the author of the poetry collections The Price of Memory and Give Me Room to Move My Feet. Barya is Assistant professor of Creative Writing and World Literature at University of North Carolina-Asheville. Learn more at

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Rotura Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625570338
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days.
Published: Black Lawrence Press - March 18th, 2022

Trailing the Azimuth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781666731767
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Resource Publications (CA) - November 23rd, 2021

Not Xanadu: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881468328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mercer University Press - March 1st, 2022

The Price of Memory: After the Tsunami Cover Image
ISBN: 9781856571029
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Published: Mallory International - March 1st, 2006

SKU: x672389