november, 2016

03nov6:00 pm8:00 pmBook Launch: TULA by Chris Santiago


Event Details

Join us at the Guthrie Theater to celebrate Chris Santiago, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, and his debut collection of poems, Tula! The evening will feature a reception, reading, and conversation between Chris and contest judge A. Van Jordan.

6:00 pm Reception
6:30 pm Program

Chris Santiago is the son of Filipino immigrants, and was raised in Bloomington. Possessing many talents, he is an accomplished percussionist and amateur jazz pianist, completed a PhD in English at the University of Southern California, and recently returned for a professorship at the University of Saint Thomas. Tula, his debut collection of poems about language, family, and the immigrant experience, announces the arrival of a major new literary talent.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen is among the writers singing the book’s praises:

“Chris Santiago’s poems encourage us to see English the way an immigrant does—as something different, to be broken and remade. This is a book that both transports us and transforms us.”
Tula and Chris Santiago

CHRIS SANTIAGO is the author of Tula, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, selected by A. Van Jordan. His poems, fiction, and criticism have appeared in FIELD, Copper Nickel, Pleiades, and the Asian American Literary Review. He holds degrees in creative writing and music from Oberlin College and received his PhD in English from the University of Southern California. The recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, Santiago is also a percussionist and amateur jazz pianist. He teaches literature, sound culture, and creative writing at the University of St. Thomas. He lives in Minnesota.

A. VAN JORDAN is the author of four collections of poems: Rise (2001), M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (2004), Quantum Lyrics (2007), and The Cineaste (2013). Jordan has received a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a United States Artists Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and, most recently, the 2015 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. He is the Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor at Rutgers University-Newark.

The Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry is the largest annual regional poetry prize, presented in partnership by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation.


(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Guthrie Theater

818 South Second Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415