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NMSU Southwest and Border Cultures Institute to sponsor poetry reading

A published poet will share her work at a reading sponsored by the NMSU Southwest and Border Cultures Institute at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, in Hardman Hall Room 106.

elendez will present her poetry along with NMSU graduate student Carolina Monsivais.

The event is presented by the English Department group La Sociedad para las Artes. Connie Voisine, the organization's director and associate professor of English, said the group is bringing the poet to campus out of admiration for her work.

Melendez's full-length collection of poetry, "How Long She'll Last in This World," was published this spring by the University of Arizona Press.

Melendez has served as writer-in-residence at U.C. Davis teaching environmental workshops. Later she moved to Indiana where she worked as a fellow with Saint Mary's Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership and taught creative writing and multi-ethnic literature.

Melendez has also edited, or co-edited, nine poetry collections from up-and-coming writers while working for Swan Scythe Press, Momotombo Press and California Poets in the Schools. Her work, which includes short fiction and articles, has appeared in several publications, including the International Quarterly and Ecological Restoration.

Melendez resides in Logan, Utah, with her husband and two children.

Jacqueline Armendariz
Sept. 21, 2006