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Cancelled! A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship

April 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Ariel Francisco Reads James Wright

Join the Urban Think Foundation for a reading by Ariel Francisco from his new book (published by Burrow Press) + musical performances of Francisco’s poems selected by CF2 composers and set for voice and piano. Q&A and book signing to follow.

In Ariel Francisco’s Miami, invasive lionfish are sympathetic creatures, the beach succumbs to sea-level rise, and “305 till I die” is a cry for help. Taking inspiration from Campbell McGrath and Richard Blanco, among others, Ariel Francisco’s second book of poems (which includes parallel Spanish translations) deals with climate change and the absurdities and difficulties of being a millennial Latinx in the Sunshine State.

“Part satirist, part ecopoet, part elegist, but every bit a luminous poet, Ariel Francisco brilliantly voices the complex intersections of the physical, emotional, and natural landscapes that define our sense of place and belonging, as well as our feelings of alienation and ennui.”-Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet, author of How to Love a Country

Ariel Francisco’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Academy of American Poets, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, he is the author of the poetry collections A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship and All My Heroes Are Broke. He lives in Queens.

Erik Branch, Charlie Griffin, Keith Lay, Rebekah Todia, and Bob Walker.

Anna Eschbach, Soprano
Kristine Griffin, Piano

This event is funded in part by a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant, in partnership with Urban Think Foundation.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

April 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm -
April 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm


Presenter Information:
Ariel Francisco
Event Fee:

Event Contact:

Ryan Rivas
(386) 822-7725

Event Venue:

Timucua Arts Foundation
2000 S Summerlin Ave
Orlando, 32806 United States
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