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The Writer's Studio Featuring Marisol Baca

  • Tri-Chromatic Gallery 1321 J Street Modesto, CA, 95354 United States (map)


The Writer's Studio is back with poetic powerhouse Marisol Baca, who former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera called "the dream painter, the undulating desert and shaking ocean caller." Her mysterious and enchanting poems about New Mexico deserts and the people who live there will devastate and ensnare you. Her first book, TREMOR, was just released last month, so come hear her read and grab a signed copy!

The Writer's Studio is a reading series hosted by Dana Koster and Tri-Chromatic Gallery that explores the art of writing from inspiration to publication. Each reading focuses on one writer and begins with a short, in-depth interview that will locate the audience in the author's work and life.

Doors open at 7:00 for wine and snacks and mingling, interview and reading to begin at 7:10. An audience Q&A/book signing will take place at the end. The Writer's Studio is for non-writers, new writers and seasoned writers alike! Come be inspired by the art of writing and the incredible gallery space.

Marisol Baca is the author of TREMOR (Three Mile Harbor Press, 2018). Marisol’s work has been published in Narrative Northeast, Riverlit, Shadowed: An Anthology of Women Writers, The Acentos Review, and many others. She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up around generations of family in an old adobe house. Her family later settled in Fresno, California. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Cornell University and won the Robert Chasen poetry award for her poem, Revelato. Currently, Marisol is an English professor at Fresno City College, and lives with her husband in a house in the center of town. She continues to write and teach, and is busy working on her second book.

"Marisol Baca, the dream painter, the undulating desert and shaking ocean caller whose poems here take you under where death delights in New Mexico ovens, green tongues, the whole town crying, and most of all, the tentacular lust of things that no one sees. These poems unwind and disrupt our perceptions of the real and operate in the material of mist, fog, shingles and rats, the teal inkiness in this bowl of space we inhabit. I am caught in her Chagall palette, in her Remedios Varo floating realms, in her fearlessness of decomposition, reconnection and most of all these investigations into nothingness, the inner lining, the movement of upside-down membranes and stray universes. We must notice this in our tiny life before it explodes with one hundred thousand / sterile sisters crawling up our legs. A serrated soul-piercing Geiger Counter. Shattering. Prize. Absolutely love this collection." -Juan Felipe Herrera, US Poet Laureate