On Thursday, 15 November 2012, Mark Smith-Soto read at the Weatherspoon Art Museum on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro, NC. His reading was part of ‘Will Read For Food,’ an annual benefit for Greensboro charities. The event was sponsored by the MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro. Fiction writer Michael Parker organized the event and introduced the readers.

MARK SMITH-SOTO is Professor of Spanish and editor of International Poetry Review at UNC Greensboro. He has published three prize-winning chapbooks and two full-length poetry collections to date, Our Lives Are Rivers (University Press of Florida, 2003), and Any Second Now (Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2006). His poetry, which has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and won him an NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing, has appeared in Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, Literary Review, Nimrod, The Sun and many other publications. In 2010, Unicorn Press brought out his work of translation Fever Season, the selected poetry of Costa Rican writer Ana IstarĂº. His most recent works are Berkeley Prelude: A Lyrical Memoir (Unicorn Press, 2012) and the chapbook Splices, due out early next year from Finishing Line Press.

Smith-Soto read from unpublished and recently published poems. Read one of his poems, “Otherness” or listen to his entire reading, in mp3 format.