PEN Out Loud: José Olivarez with Isaac Fitzgerald

Winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize, José Olivarez joins PEN Out Loud to celebrate the release of his revolutionary poetry collection, Promises of Gold. Vulnerable and questioning, Olivarez, in English, and with a Spanish translation by David Ruano, tackles various forms of love—”self, brotherly, romantic, familial, and cultural,” while examining how it is “birthed, shaped, and complicated by the invisible forces of gender, capitalism, religion, and migration.” He is joined in conversation with New York Times-bestselling author of Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional, Isaac Fitzgerald. 


Books will be available for purchase at the event. You can preorder the book here.

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José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by The Adroit Journal, NPR, and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he co-edited the poetry anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He co-hosts the poetry podcast The Poetry Gods


Isaac Fitzgerald is the New York Times bestselling author of Dirtbag, Massachusetts (winner of a New England Book Award). He appears frequently on The Today Show and is also the author of the bestselling children’s book How to Be a Pirate, as well as the co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (winner of an IACP Award). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire, The Guardian, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and numerous other publications. He lives in Brooklyn and is currently working on his next book, American Dionysus, forthcoming from Knopf.

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