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International Women’s Day Event To Feature UMKC’s Xanath Caraza

Park University will celebrate International Women’s Day, Thursday, March 8th, featuring UMKC poet, writer and educator Xanath Caraza, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.  Caraza’s full length book of poetry, Conjuro, is forthcoming from Mammoth Press, and her chapbook, Corazon Pintado, is forthcoming from Thorny Locust Press (2012).  Caraza won the 2003 Ediciones Nuevo Espacio International Short Story Contest in Spanish and was a 2008 finalist for the first international John Barry Award.  Caraza is an advisory circle member of the Con Tinta literary organization and a former board member of the Latino Writers Collective of Kansas City, Missouri.   Her Day of the Dead artwork has been exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Other featured speakers include Silvia Giovanardi Byer, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of modern languages, Park University, and Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of Park’s Department of English and Modern Languages.  Dr. Brackett coordinates the Missouri Arts Council grant-funded Ethnic Voices Poetry Series at Park. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Park University Parkville campus.