The program has been canceled.
Award-winning poet Gilbert Arzola will headline a free reading at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 23 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 3601 Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown. Much of his work focuses on his experience growing up as a Mexican-American in an all-white community.
Arzola, who hails from Valparaiso, Indiana, won the 2019 Passager Poet award given by Passager Books, a Baltimore-based publisher whose mission is to highlight the work of older writers. Passager published his debut collection, Prayers of Little Consequence. In 2021, Arzola won the Rattle poetry chapbook contest.
Reflecting on his poetry, Arzola said, "Writing is about making someone else's life a little easier by something you did, said or wrote..."
The event at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Conkling street -- in the heart of Highlandtown, in the shadow of the statue of Frank Zappa -- will include a musical performance and readings by young local poets.
Baltimore author Rafael Alvarez will emcee.
ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.