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The Big Texas Author Talk featuring Vincent Cooper
February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CSTFree
February 15th, 2023 via Zoom @ 7PM CST
Up Next: Poet Vincent Cooper, author of the poetry collection, Zarzamora. This session will be moderated by Christopher “Rooster” Martinez, an educator and spoken word poet from San Antonio, Texas.
“It’s time to celebrate the poet and buy this book, it’s a new voice, not one tied to timid convention or gimmicky stealth that results in poetry of cowardice— it tries to please no one, vociferates its own claim to Chicano identity and culture and does so with exuberance, even compassion and vulnerability—yes, compas y vatos y locos, get off it and go out and buy this book and pass it to other plebe, it’s time to celebrate this poet, unabashedly, honor this book written in blood, tears and laughter and pride, and love, adelante!!” Jimmy Santiago Baca – author of Working in the Dark: Reflections of a Poet of the Barrio.
Vincent Cooper is the author of Where the Reckless Ones Come to Die (Aztlan Libre Press), Zarzamora: Poetry of Survival (Jade Publishing), and Infidelis (forthcoming from Mouthfeel Press). He is a Chicano Marine Corps Veteran and Macondista based in San Antonio, Texas. Cooper’s poems have been seen in such fine publications as Huizache, Riversedge, Dryland Lit, and Somos En Escrito. He is currently at work on a hybrid genre book centering on his paternal heritage and how he came to be a Chicano named Cooper.
Christopher “Rooster” Martinez is an educator and spoken word poet from San Antonio, Texas. He earned a MA/MFA in Creative Writing, Literature & Social Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University. He is the author of two poetry books: A Saint for Lost Things (Alabrava Press, 2020) and As it is in Heaven (Kissing Dynamite Poetry Press, 2020). For twelve years, Rooster competed and won slams across the country and co-founded the literary nonprofit Write Art Out Inc.