Curated Conversation(s): Antonio López with Cathy Park Hong

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Antonio López discusses his debut poetry collection, Gentefication, with Cathy Park Hong. Curated Conversation(s): a Latinx Poetry Show is a monthly interview with a Latinx poet who has recently published their first book. The debut poets themselves have selected their interlocutors.

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Antonio López has received scholarships to attend the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Tin House, the Vermont Studio Center, and Bread Loaf. He is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and a CantoMundo Fellow. He holds degrees from Duke University, Rutgers-Newark, and the University of Oxford. He is pursuing a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University. His debut poetry collection, Gentefication, was selected by Gregory Pardlo as the winner of the 2019 Levis Prize in Poetry. Antonio his currently fighting gentrification in his hometown as the newest and youngest councilmember for the City of East Palo Alto.

Cathy Park Hong’s New York Times bestselling book of creative nonfiction, Minor Feelings, was published in Spring 2020 by One World/Random House and Profile Books (UK). Minor Feelings won the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. She is also the author of poetry collections Engine Empire, published in 2012 by W.W. Norton, Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo’um. Hong is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her prose and poetry have been published in the New York Times, New Republic, the Guardian, Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a full professor at Rutgers-Newark University.

Curated Conversation(s) is a collaboration between The Writer’s Center, Duende District, Poet Lore, and Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. This project is funded by the Poetry Foundation and the generosity of individual donors.
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