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Women's Museum of California

Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future

Blood Orange Book Talk

Blood Orange Book Talk


Event Date:
Sunday, June 10 2018

What is the event about?

Every month the Women's Museum of California features a woman author who will read from or perform their work and engage in dialogues with audience members. Discussions can center on their latest project, their writing inspiration and process, and challenges of being a woman writer. With the commitment to bring diverse voices and a variety of stories from local and visiting authors, the series will include both published and unpublished works from writers well known, unknown, and all the places in between.

This month the Women's Museum of California invites Angela Narciso Torres to speak about her book Blood Orange: Poems, winner of the Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry.  The poems in Angela Narciso Torres' book acknowledge the ever-changing nature of home and how, over time, it grows to contain many elements beyond the boundaries of house and body—geographies and objects, oceans and relationships. 

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About the Author:

Angela Narciso Torres’s work appears in Spoon River Poetry Review, Nimrod, Colorado Review, Cimarron Review, Drunken Boat, among other journals and anthologies. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. New City magazine named her one of Chicago’s Lit 50 in 2016. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she is a senior poetry editor for RHINO and a reader for New England Review. www.angelanarcisotorres.com

About the Book: 

Part-memoir, part-loveletter to the Philippines of her youth, Blood Orange has received critical acclaim for its ability to be “at once vividly present in the moment and fully attuned to the under-dwelling currents of history.” C. Dale Young (author of the poetry collections Halo, Torn, and The Second Person) writes, "Because paying attention is a form of prayer, Angela Narciso Torres’s poems pay deep and close attention. The details of these poems are stitched together with great care, and what we get is not just the landscape of memory but also the landscape of family, which in the end is the god we really pray to when we are restless. These are beautiful and beautifully made poems." From poet Matthew Olzmann (author of Mezzanines and Contradictions in the Design): "There's something lush and holy in these poems that slip between generations, between daughterhood and motherhood. Blood Orange elegantly charts the mysteries of family and place, time and its uncertainties, with a keen vision that is at once sensual, entrancing and deeply felt. Line by careful line, Angela Narciso Torres brings forward an enchanting poetry, with "two fingers on the pulse like the true point / of a divining rod," always ready to lead us to water or love—the currents that shimmer beneath this book's rich surfaces."