Yosimar Reyes PosterThe Skyline College Outreach Office, in collaboration with the Puente Learning Community, presents this year’s La Raza Youth Conference’s Keynote Speaker: Yosimar Reyes on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Main Theater.

Yosimar Reyes is a nationally-acclaimed Poet and Public Speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of “13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World” and Remezcla included Reyes on their list of “10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know.”

His first collection of poetry, For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly… was self-published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. His work has also been published in various online journals and books including Mariposas: An Anthology of Queer Modern Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press), Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out (Cognella Press), and the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry (Kórima Press). Reyes was featured in the Documentary, “2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry.”

He is a LAMBDA Literary Fellow as well as the recipient of the Undocupoets Fellowship. Reyes previously served as Artist-in-Residence at the media and culture organization, Define American.

Reyes has toured and presented at university campuses across the United States. He is currently working on his one-man show, “Prieto,” to premiere in the near future. Reyes holds a B.A in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

Some of his work and talks are featured on YouTube. Join us in welcoming Yosimar Reyes. Limited seating. Reserve your spot today: larazayosireyes.eventbrite.com.

Conference Background:

The La Raza Youth Conference is a full-day experience and invites local Latinx high school students to Skyline College to explore and promote higher education through culture and identity. The conference provides the opportunity for high school students to experience post-secondary education and learn about campus resources and to allow them to begin thinking of themselves as college students.

*The keynote will be open to the Skyline College community. The conference workshops are dedicated to high school participants.

Article by Jeremy Evangelista

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