The Collective’s anthology of poetry, Primera Página: Poetry from the Latino Heartland, was published in 2008 and has received much national attention. The anthology won second place in poetry from both the International Latino Book Awards and the Eric Hoffer Book Awards, and was a finalist in poetry for the USA Book News Award and in anthology for the ForeWord Magazine Book Award. They also were named Best of Kansas City 2008 by The Pitchfor their readings and events.
The purpose of Park University’s Ethnic Voices Poetry Series, which started in 2007, is to expose individuals to artistic thought and expression that challenges preconceptions about those whose experiences and points of view differ from their own. Because all literature focuses on the human condition, a sharing of that literature promotes a sharing of ideas regarding the challenges, disappointments and celebrations of all people, and the written and verbal expression of emotions that those activities promote. The Ethnic Voices Poetry Series is funded in part by a Missouri Arts Council grant, a state agency and division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.The next poet in the series will be Rick Barot. His presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. A reception will precede the event at 6:30 p.m.For more information about the Ethnic Voices Poetry Series, visit www.park.edu/ethnicpoetry/2011-2012.html or contact Brackett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 584-6818.