Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Join us for a reading and book signing in celebration of Joaquín Zihuatanejo's new release Occupy Whiteness

Joined by Anna Flores and Lauren Espinoza.


Joaquín Zihuatanejo was recently named the inaugural Dallas Poet Laureate for 2022-2024. Hailed as “The People’s Poet” by The Dallas Morning News, Joaquín credits his Abuelo, who was the first person to place a book in his hands and challenge him to read aloud, as his first teacher and the source of his poetic inspiration. He received his MFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work has been published in Southwestern American Literature, Yellow Medicine Review, Sonora Review, among other journals and anthologies. His poetry has been featured on HBO, NBC, and on NPR in Historias and The National Teacher’s Initiative. His new collection of poetry, Occupy Whiteness, is out now from Deep Vellum Publishing. Joaquín was recently named a Poet Laureate Fellow by the Academy of American Poets and received a $50,000 prize in honor of the good work he has done in Dallas as their first poet laureate. Joaquín has two passions in his life, his partner Aída and poetry. Always in that order.

About Occupy Whiteness:

Joaquín Zihuatanejo’s new collection, Occupy Whiteness, is an act of rebellion that reclaims spaces and highlights a history of erasure of Brown life. Starting from long form works of literature by straight, white men, Zihuatanejo occupies their pages, erasing words and sections, leaving only his erasure behind¾the white space that remains inside and around the erasure becoming a colonized space. A white space colonized by Brown verse.

An unflinching look at the present day, the collection is haunted and blessed by the image of ancestors who braved the river and the desert to travel into border states for the opportunity of freedom. These are poems meant to agitate and create unease, to make the reader realize that neither the author nor the immigrant children he describes are Other. Through poems, interspersed micro essays, full length essays in translation, and photography from the border, Zihuatanejo poignantly depicts this equally beautiful and brutal place we call home. 

Event address: 
906 W Roosevelt St
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Occupy Whiteness By Joaquín Zihuatanejo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646053087
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - February 13th, 2024