Adrian Castro is a poet, performer, and interdisciplinary artist. He is a native of Miami, which has provided fertile ground for the rhythmic Afro-Latino style in which he writes and performs. He is the author of Cantos to Blood & Honey (Coffee House Press, 1997), Wise Fish: Tales in 6/8 Time (Coffee House Press, 2005), Handling Destiny (Coffee House Press, 2009), and has been published in many literary anthologies. Castro is the recipient of a Cintas Fellowship, a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, the Eric Mathieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets, a National Association of Latino Arts & Culture Fellowship, and several commissions from Miami Light Project and the Miami Art Museum. He has performed with many dancers and actors including Chuck Davis and African American Dance Ensemble, Heidi Duckler and Collage Dance, and Keith Antar Mason and the Hittite Empire. Castro has toured extensively through the U.S. and abroad and has taught at the University of Miami, Miami Dade College, and Florida International University as visiting professor, and/or guest lecturer. The New York Times Book Review selected Wise Fish as an editor's choice, commenting on its "sinuous, syncopated verses about the Caribbean melting pot" and noting that Castro's poems "seem to be trying to dance off the page." It affirms that "Wise Fish is a serious and seriously enjoyable contribution to our flourishing Latino literature." Adrian Castro is also a Babalawo and herbalist.
This reading is co-sponsored by the Griot Institute for Africana Studies and the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender.
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