Naomi Ayala will give a poetry reading from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Marymount Universitys Reinsch Auditorium, 2807 North Glebe Road. The event is free and open to the public.
Born in Puerto Rico, Ayala moved to the United States in her teens, eventually earning an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars. Now living in Washington, D.C., she writes in both English and Spanish.
She is the author of three books of poetry: Wild Animals on the Moon (Curbstone Press), This Side of Early (Curbstone Imprint: Northwestern University Press), and Calling Home: Praise Songs and Incantations (Bilingual Review Press/Arizona State University).
She is the translator of Argentinean poet Luis Alberto Ambroggios book of poetry The Winds Archeology/La arqueología del viento” (Vaso Roto Ediciones, Mexico), a translation that earned the 2013 International Latino Book Award for Best Nonfiction Book Translation. Some of her work in Spanish appears in Al pie de la Casa Blanca: Poetas hispanos de Washington, DC (North American Academy of the Spanish Language).
Ayala has received several fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Special Recognition for Community Service from the U.S. Congress, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy of Environmental Justice Award.