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by Julie Swarstad
A two-time graduate from the University of Arizona, Alberto Ríos is a writer whose stories show us the overlooked magic of the world. Born in 1952 in Nogales, Arizona, Ríos is the author of six full-length collections of poetry, including The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2002. His publications also include several volumes of short stories and a memoir. Six Pushcart Prizes, the Arizona Governor's Arts Award, and the Walt Whitman Award are just a sampling of the honors received by Ríos. Ríos is currently a Regent's Professor of English at Arizona State University.
Alberto Ríos will be reading at the UA Poetry Center on Friday, September 10th at 8 p.m. along with Ofelia Zepeda and Sherwin Bitsui.
Alberto Ríos writes, "Science may be our best way of understanding the world, / But it may not be our best way of living in it." The Dangerous Shirt, his latest collection of poetry, provides an answer to the question this statement makes, affirming that story is perhaps our best way of living in the world. Ríos' poetry is story woven into verse, and his writing can be an exciting entryway into storytelling through poetry in the classroom.