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David Tomas Martinez & Carlos Kelly
Nov 20 2019 - 7:00pm

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of SDSU’s MFA in Creative Writing!

Please join us on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 pm in Love Library 430 (Leon Williams Room) for a reading by David Tomas Martinez & Carlos Kelly​.

SDSU MFA Program Alumni, Carlos Gabriel Kelly and David Tomas Martinez, will read from their collected works. Carlos Gabriel Kelly is a first-generation Mexican-American PhD student at The Ohio State University. His first book of poetry, Wounds Fragments Derelict, was released in May 2019. His work has also appeared in Pacific Review, Barzakh Magazine, Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature, and Latinx Cine in the 21st Century. David Tomas Martinez is a CantoMundo Fellow and recipient of a 2017 NEA Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, the Inprint Paul Verlaine Prize in Poetry, and the Stanley P. Young Fellowship from Bread Loaf. He is the author of two poetry collections, Hustle (Sarabande, 2014), which won the New England Book Festival’s Poetry Prize, among other honors, and Post Traumatic Hood Disorder (Sarabande, 2018). This event is presented in collaboration with the M.A.L.A.S Program.  

I know this—

you check the back of boxes you find words expire

find that invisibility is a synonym for healing

            --Carlos Kelly


Not from shadow

but into shadow does the animal

of the mind leap, and I have miles to go,

thin walls to hold,

and cages to keep.

We hang from what makes us great.

            --David Martinez

This reading is free and open to the public.

Parking at SDSU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFeYz7WgowM&feature=youtu.be

David Tomas Martinez and Carlos Kelly