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Colorado College’s Visiting Writers Series welcomes Juan Morales 

click to enlarge Visiting Writers Series: Poet Juan Morales, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., CC’s McHugh Student Commons, coloradocollege.edu.
  • Visiting Writers Series: Poet Juan Morales, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., CC’s McHugh Student Commons, coloradocollege.edu.
Last year when Pueblo-based poet Juan Morales described his then-upcoming book of poetry to the Indy, he referred to its contents as “apocalyptic, zombie, love, home-improvement poetry.” Released this fall, The Handyman’s Guide to End Times delivers on that expectation, but proves surprising in its hard-hitting emotion. The very first poem in this new collection, “The Long Engagement,” sets the tone of the book with a tongue-in-cheek, apocalyptic echo of traditional wedding vows. “ ... in times of rationing and scavenging, in sleeplessness and dehydration, in fever and epidemic, for as long as we both are human,” it reads. This new book, while alternately playful and poignant, is not necessarily emblematic of Morales’ entire collected works. His first two published books (Friday and the Year That Followed and The Siren World) are more connected to his heritage — his Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father and their stories — and throughout his career he has contributed to various other non-zombie-related publications. He also currently serves as editor and publisher of Pilgrimage Press, a literary magazine connected to CSU-Pueblo, where Morales chairs the English and world languages department. This weekend, he’ll be taking part in Colorado College’s extensive Visiting Writers Series, which collects accomplished and award-winning writers of all genres and presents them to the community. Check out some of Morales’ unique, thoughtful and thought-provoking works at his live reading Tuesday night.

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