New Letters' Angela Elam Holds a Conversation With Filipino-American Poet Patrick Rosal

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For Immediate Release:
October 31, 2013
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
New Letters' Angela Elam Holds a Conversation With Filipino-American Poet Patrick Rosal

Patrick Rosal's poetry, writes one critic, "skillfully navigates between despair and love, between violence and music, between loss and transcendence ... I've seen him make people cry during his readings. I've seen him play a guitar, play the piano, sing, and yes, dance."

Rosal discusses his work with New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam
on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St

The son of immigrants from the Ilocos region of the Philippines, Rosal is a New Jersey native, lifelong amateur musician, old-school breakdancer, disc jockey, and former music producer.

His three full-length poetry collections -­- Boneshepherds, My American Kundiman, and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive -- have been honored with the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, Global Filipino Literary Award, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop Members' Choice Award. His poems have also been honored with the Allen Ginsberg Award, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, and the Arts and Letters Prize.

His poems and narration were featured in the Argentine feature-length film Anhua: Amanecer, and he wrote the script for the documentary Camp Roxas, directed by Alex Munoz.

This event is co-sponsored by Park University.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore.  RSVP at or call 816.701.3407.

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