National Poetry Month - Jimmy Santiago Baca

In our twenty-second year of National Poetry Month at Sundance, Jimmy Santiago Baca kicks off our series of Thursday readings, April 1 at 4pm, live on our YouTube page.

While serving a 5-year sentence in a maximum-security prison, Jimmy Santiago Baca learned to read and write and discovered the power of language to change lives. He’s the author of 18 books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and the numerous awards for his work include an American Book Award, the Southwest Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature, and the Cornelius P. Turner Award, which honors GED graduates who’ve made “outstanding contributions" to education, justice, and social welfare.

For his work teaching thousands of adults and children to read, the University of New Mexico awarded him an honorary PhD. Baca works tirelessly on his art while facilitating writing workshops worldwide, including within prisons, youth-offender facilities, and programs for at-risk youth. Poet Garrett Hongo has written that Baca’s “words heal, inspire, and elicit the earthly response of love.” More information about Jimmy Santiago Baca can be found at his website

This special presentation is made possible in partnership with the University of Nevada-Reno's College of Liberal Arts, and the English Department’ s Visiting Speakers Committee, with generous support from the Distinguished Visiting Writer Fund.

Read more about National Poetry Month on the Academy of American Poets website. 

Event date: 
Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
121 California Ave
Reno, NV 89509