Just Breathe: CAConrad and Raquel Salas Rivera / 2023 Balocating Prize for Undergraduate Poetry Announcement and Presentation

Thu, April 20, 2023 6:30 PM - Thu, April 20, 2023 9:00 PM at RCAH Theater, Snyder Hall, 362 Bogue St., East Lansing

Co-sponsored by the MSU Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion


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Join us as we welcome CAConrad and Raquel Salas Rivera for an evening of poetry followed by a conversation lightly moderated by Center for Poetry Director Lauren Russell. 

The evening will open with the presentation of the 2023 Balocating Prize for Undergraduate Poetry, selected by Raquel Salas Rivera.

A reception and book signing will follow in the LookOut Gallery, 2nd floor, Snyder Hall.


CAConrad with purple filter, seated in front of a mirror wearing an oversize paisley shirt and holding a white objectCAConrad has worked with the ancient technologies of poetry and ritual since 1975. They are the author of AMANDA PARADISE: Resurrect Extinct Vibration (Wave Books, 2021), which won the 2022 PEN Josephine Miles Award. They also received a 2022 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a Creative Capital grant, a Pew Fellowship, and a Lambda Award. The Book of Frank is now available in 9 languages; their play The Obituary Show was made into a film in 2022 by Augusto Cascales, and they exhibit poems as art objects with recent shows in Spain and Portugal. Please visit them online at https://linktr.ee/CAConrad88.





Black and white image of Salas Rivera in black in front of a black background looking intently at the camera.Raquel Salas Rivera es un poeta, traductor y editor puertorriqueño. Sus reconocimientos incluyen el nombramiento como Poeta Laureado de la ciudad de Filadelfia, el Premio Nuevas Voces, el Premio Literario Lambda, el Premio Ambroggio, 2023 Sundial Literary Translation Award y el Premio Juan Felipe Herrera. Sus seis poemarios que han sido semifinalistas y finalistas para premios tales como el National Book Award y el Pen America Open Book Award. En el 2022, el Whitney Museum of American Art utilizó uno de sus versos para el título de la exhibición no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria. Vive, enseña y escribe en Puerto Rico, donde también es el investigador y el supervisor del equipo de traducción para El proyecto de la literatura puertorriqueña (PRLP), un portal digital bilingüe y de libre acceso que usuarios pueden utilizar para conocer y enseñar la poesía puertorriqueña.

Raquel Salas Rivera is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and editor. His honors include being named Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, the New Voices Award from the Festival de la Palabra, the Lambda Literary Award, the Ambroggio Prize, 2023 Sundial Literary Translation Award, and the Juan Felipe Herrera Award. His six poetry books have been longlisted and shortlisted for the National Book Award and the Pen America Open Book Award, among others. In 2022, one of his verses became the title of the exhibition no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He lives, teaches, and writes in Puerto Rico, where he also works as investigator and head of the translation team for The Puerto Rican Literature Project (PRLP), a free, bilingual, user-friendly, and open access digital portal that anyone can use to learn about and teach Puerto Rican poetry.