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Chilean Poet Eugenia Toledo-Keyser and friends

BookTree looks forward to presenting Chilean poet , Eugenia Toledo-Keyser with poet-translator Carolyne Wright and new Redmond Poet Laureate Raul Sanchez for a very special reading on Friday October 4th 7pm. There will be a short Q and A too!

Eugenia will be travelling back to Chile on October 11th.
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Eugenia Toledo-Keyser Eugenia Toledo-Keyser was born in Temuco, Chile, and grew up in the same neighborhood as Pablo Neruda. She came to the United States in 1975 to pursue a Master's degree in Latin American Literature and a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature at the University of Washington in Seattle.

She has published eight texts and two manuals for Adult Education (Ministry of Education, OAS, Chile, 1986); a book about the Spanish writer Fray Luis de León (Editorial Cíclope, Santiago, 1986); five books of poetry: Arquitectura de ausencias (Editorial Torremozas, España, 2006); Tiempo de metales y volcanes (Editorial 400 Elefantes, Nicaragua, 2007); Casa de máquinas (400 Elefantes, 2013); Pasajeros sin andén ni cobre / Passengers with Neither Platform nor Penny (translated by Anne Greeott and Susan Solá, Editorial el Juglar, USA / Chile, 2014); Aguas inarticuladas (a la Patagonia Chilena), published by Split Quotation / La cita trunca, Canada, 2015; a chapbook, Leaf of Glass, which won the Artella contest in 2005; and a collection of poems and short stories in collaboration with Andrea Pointet, Historias a distancia (Arcoiris Editions, Paris, France, 2013).

She has completed a sequence of poems on the lives of immigrants and exiles in North America, which won a grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. The bilingual manuscript of Trazas de mapa, trazas de sangre / Map Traces, Blood Traces won a 2009 Individual Artist Project grant from 4Culture.

Besides poetry, Toledo edits books in Spanish, writes reviews and literary articles, and creates collages and artistic hand-made books. At Seattle's Richard Hugo House and elsewhere, she has taught poetry writing in Spanish, and with Carolyne Wright, team-taught courses on Pablo Neruda and on translation of his work. She takes part in literary conferences and festivals in the USA as well as in Central and South America.

Raul Sanchez - Raúl is the newest City of Redmond Poet Laureate 2019-2021. He is a member of (WITS), Writers In The Schools through Seattle Arts and Lectures, a poetry mentor at Denny International Middle School through the Jack Straw Educational Project. He held the Inaugural Poet in Residence position for the City of Burien 2018-2019 he currently volunteers for PONGO Teen Writing in the Juvenile Detention Center. Raúl is a translator currently working on the Spanish version of his inaugural collection "All Our Brown-Skinned Angels", nominated for the 2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry. He is a 2014 Jack Straw Writers Alumni. He was one of the mentors and judges for the 2014 Poetry on Buses Project and that same year participated in the TEDx Salon event in Yakima WA.

Poet-Writer-Teacher- Translator, Carolyne Wright’s most recent book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017). Her ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist for the Foreword Review’s Book of the Year. A Seattle native, she has received grants from 4Culture, the Fulbright Foundation, and the NEA; and she spent two months in Bahia, Brazil in mid-2018 on a Sacatar Foundation residency.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, October 12th Meet Author Doug Margeson (Gazing at the Distant Lights)

Saturday, October 19th - Third Saturday Writing Workshop and Reading/Open Mic with Raul Sanchez and Alex Gallo