A New Chapter in the Living Legacy of George Washington Carver

Xavier Cavazos

Friday, 02 Oct 2015 at 8:00 pm – Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building, Iowa State Center

Xavier Cavazos, a 2013 graduate of Iowa State's MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Environment, will read from his new book of poetry, Diamond Grove Slave Tree. The collection is a product of Cavazos's time at Iowa State and inspired by stories of the life and times of one of the university's most distinguished alums, George Washington Carver. Diamond Grove Slave Tree won the inaugural Prairie Seed Poetry Prize from Ice Cube Press. Cavazos is also the author of Barbarian at the Gate and served as poetry editor for Flyway: Journal of Creative Writing and the Environment. He currently teaches in the Central Washington Writing Project, Africana and Black Studies, and the Professional and Creative Writing Programs at Central Washington University.

Book signing and reception to follow

Cosponsored By:
  • MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment
  • University Museums
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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