& Rafael Jesús González
Monday, Sep 09, 2019 7:00 PM
Rafael Jesús González, Prof. Emeritus of literature and creative writing, was born and raised biculturally/bilingually in El Paso, Texas/Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, and taught at various universities before joining Laney College, Oakland, California where he founded the Dept. of Mexican & Latin-American Studies, Also visual artist, he has exhibited in the Oakland Museum of California, the Mexican Museum of San Francisco, others in the U.S. and Mexico. His collection of poems La musa lunática/The Lunatic Muse was published in 2009 with a second printing in 2010. Nominated thrice for a Pushcart price, he was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English and Annenberg CPB for his writing in 2003. He received the 2012 Dragonfly Press Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement and was honored by the City of Berkeley with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival 2015. He was named the first Poet Laureate of Berkeley in 2017.