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Rural Libraries Tour to stop in Visalia, offers writing workshop and reading from poets Tim Z. Hernandez and Dana Gioia

Rural Libraries Tour to stop in Visalia, offers writing workshop and reading from poets Tim Z. Hernandez and Dana Gioia

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VISALIA – Tulare County Library, with support from the California Center for the Book and Poets & Writers, Inc., present Poet Tim Z. Hernandez and California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia at the Visalia Branch Library July 6 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Following the writing workshop at 3 p.m., Hernandez, Gioia and local poets will provide a public poetry reading at 4:30 p.m. 

Author Tim Z. Hernandez’s book on 28 farmworkers killed in the worst airplane disaster in California history is featured at Library Book Festival. Submitted photo.

Author Tim Z. Hernandez’s book on 28 farmworkers killed in the worst airplane disaster in California history is featured at Library Book Festival. Submitted photo.

Tim Z. Hernandez, a featured author at the first Tulare County Book Festival, is a Tulare County native and a nationally acclaimed author and poet. His books include Skin Tax, Breathing in Dust, Natural Takeover of Small Things, Manana Means Heaven, and All They Will Call You. Mr. Hernandez’s received the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in Fiction, 2014 Colorado Book Award, and the 2014 International Latino Book Award in historical fiction.

Dana Gioia is a native California, the current California Poet Laureate, and a former chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts. His books of poetry include 99 Poems: New and Selected, Pity the Beautiful, Interrogations at Noon, The Gods of Winter, and Daily Horoscope. Mr. Gioia’s received the 2002 American Book Award, the Aiken-Tyler Award for lifetime achievement in American poetry, and the 2010 Laetare Medal among many more.

This event is supported by the California Center for the Book and Poets & Writers, Inc. The California Center for the Book is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administrated in California by the State Librarian.

Support for Poets & Writers’ Readings & Workshops program in California is provided by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.  Additional support comes from the Friends of Poets & Writers.

The Tulare County Library serves all the citizens of Tulare County with locations in seventeen communities, four book machines, two adult literacy centers, and online at www.tularecountylibrary.org. Like the Library on Facebook www.facebook.com/tularecountylibrary or follow us on Twitter twitter.com/TulareCountyLib.

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