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A Conversation with Poet Rio Cortez

Paul Tran
Penguin Random House/KUER

The poet Rio Cortez lives in New York City, but her poetry points back to her childhood in Utah.

"Golden Ax" is Cortez’s latest poetry collection. Here, she reckons with growing up Black in the Salt Lake City area, exploring her family’s history of settling in the West — what she calls “Afro-pioneerism.” She also recalls her recent ancestors, including athlete and Mormon convert Abner Leonard Howell. This Friday at 11 a.m., Rio Cortez joins us for an intimate conversation about her work.

As part of Rowland Hall’s weeklong celebration Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rio Cortez will be reading from “Golden Ax” and discussing her work on Thursday, January 12th at 7 p.m. at The Larimer Center on the Lincoln Campus (843 S Lincoln Street).


Rio Cortez, author of "Golden Ax" [Amazon|Bookshop]. @OhReallyRio

Airdate: Friday, Sept. 30, at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 at 11 a.m. and rebroadcast Friday, Dec. 30, 2022  at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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