Juliana Delgado Lopera, reading and in conversation with Joseph Cassara

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Photos of Juliana Delgado Lopera and Joseph Cassara
Juliana Delgado Lopera's final event as Mazza Writer in Residence at The Poetry Center will be reading from her work and in conversation with novelist Joseph Cassara. Supported by the Sam Mazza Foundation. Free.
Humanities Building, The Poetry Center (Room 512)
The Poetry Center
The Poetry Center
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Juliana Delgado Lopera

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian, speaker and performance artist based in San Francisco. Winner of the 2014 Jackson Literary award, she is the author of Quiéreme (Nomadic Press, 2017) and ¡Cuéntamelo!, an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants which won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award.

Lopera has received fellowships from Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and The Grotto, as well as an individual artist grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. She is the recipient of the 2016 Jeanne Córdova Words Scholarship. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Foglifter, Four Way Review, Broadly and TimeOut Mag, among others. She is the creative director of RADAR Productions, a queer literary nonprofit in San Francisco.

Joseph Cassara

Joseph Cassara is the author of The House of Impossible Beauties (Harper Collins, 2018), an acclaimed debut novel that “follows the lives of the major players in New York’s 1980s drag ball scene, made famous by Jennie Livingston’s 1990 film Paris Is Burning.” The book won the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award for Best Fiction Book of 2018, is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Fiction and was chosen by Barnes and Noble as a Discover Great New Writers selection.

Cassara holds degrees from Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has received fellowships from the Macdowell Colony and Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He is an assistant professor of English at California State University, Fresno.

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Photo of Joseph Cassara by Amanda Kallis