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VOICES Reading Series: Carlos Parada Ayala
A recipient of Washington, D.C.'s Commission on the Arts Larry Neal Poetry Award, Carlos Parada Ayala, is the author of the poetry book La luz de la tormenta/The Light of the Storm (Zozobra Publishing, 2013) and co-editor of the anthology Al pie de la Casa Blanca: Poetas hispanos de Washington, D.C., published by the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (New York, 2010.) Co-edited with Argentinean poet Luis Alberto Ambroggio, the U.S. Library of Congress selected this anthology to celebrate 400 years of Hispanic poetry in the United States in September 2010. Parada Ayala is a member of the poetry collective Late Night Hour and is a founding member of ParaEsoLaPalabra, a collective of writers, artists and activists whose goal was to promote the arts, music and literature in the Spanish speaking communities of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Parada Ayala has participated in El Salvador's International Gathering of Poets, the Festival of New Poetry and the Latin American Poetry Festival in New York, and in Washington D.C.'s Teatro de La Luna's Poetry Marathon. His poetry has appeared in anthologies and cultural journals and has been included in the U.S. Library of Congress's poetry series The Poet and the Poem. Parada Ayala graduated from Amherst College with a degree in Spanish, Latin American and Brazilian literature.
Co-organized with the Dept. of International Languages and Cultures