MFA Fall Reading Series: Passager Poets Gilbert Arzola and Kendra Kopelke

UBalt Student Center

The University of Baltimore’s MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts Fall 2023 Reading Series will kick off on Monday, Oct. 9, with Readings from Passager Poets Gilbert Arzola and Kendra Kopelke. The event, free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Bogomolny Room on the fifth floor of the UBalt Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave.  

Gilbert Arzola was raised in North Judson, Ind., one generation removed from the back of a migrant truck. He started writing in the eighth grade when an English teacher said he had "a way with words." Retired now, Arzola returned to writing and published his first collection of poems in 2020, Prayers of Little Consequence, the 2019 winner of the Passager Poetry Contest. He is also a high school softball coach and author of a book about fast-pitch pitching.

Kendra Kopelke taught at the University of Baltimore from 1984 to 2020. Now a Professor Emeritus, she co-designed the University's MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program and directed it until she retired. She is author of four books of poems, including Hopper's Women. In 1990, she founded the national literary journal Passager, unique in its focus on giving voice to older writers. Most recently, she edited Arzola's Prayers of Little Consequence

Learn more about The University of Baltmore's MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts.

Learn more about the 2023 Fall Reading Series, and more readings by acclaimed authors scheduled for 2024.

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