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Alberto Ríos

The poetry of Alberto Ríos—Arizona’s first poet laureate—has been featured in film, set to music, and included in more than 300 national and international anthologies. A beloved teacher at Arizona State University in Tempe, winner of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, and the author of many books of poetry and prose, Ríos is known for work that is charming, magical, and inventive. A Small Story About the Sky is his 13th book. “The poems [in this collection] are playful, nostalgic, witty, imaginative and funny. It’s easy to envision many of them being enjoyed by children (as one hopes they are bound to be)” (Rumpus). "Ríos delivers another stunning book of poems, rich in impeccable metaphors that revel in the ordinariness of morning coffee and the crackle of thunderous desert storms…. This robust volume is the perfect place to start for readers new to Ríos and a prize for seasoned fans" (Booklist). “Rich, surprising, metaphysical, his poems show just how deeply, delicately, tenderly he cares for what is” (Wichita Eagle). 

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