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DSU to celebrate Hispanic heritage during virtual poetry reading featuring C.T. Salazar

By October 9, 2020Academics

Coinciding with National Hispanic Heritage Month and Delta State University’s Hispanic Heritage Day celebration, the DSU Division of Languages and Literature is hosting a poetry reading, featuring Latinx, Mississippi-based poet C.T. Salazar.

The virtual event is slated for 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, via Zoom. During the event, Salazar will read selected poems from his latest published collection, “Forty Stitches Sewing a Body Against a Ramshackle Night” and his forthcoming “Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking.”

In addition to celebrating the rich history of Hispanic Americans, the poetry reading is also part of the Division of Languages and Literature’s ongoing visiting writers program and is the first in the Division’s new “DA Reading Series,” a namesake of DSU’s student literary magazine,“Da”.

Salazar is a Latinx poet and librarian from Mississippi. He’s the author of the forthcoming work, “Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking,” set to be released in 2022. He has also authored three chapbooks—”American Cavewall Sonnets,” “Forty Stitches Sewing a Body Against a Ramshackle Night” and “This Might Have Meant Fire.”

When describing Salazar’s latest work, Animal Heart Press stated, “If you already know the poetry of C.T. Salazar, you will not be surprised when reading ‘Forty Stitches Sewing a Body Against a Ramshackle Night’ that he can create entire worlds in a few lines. For those of you new to this poet, prepare to be entranced by his surprising use of imagery and language and the ways his words will both break your heart and heal it at the same time.”

Salazar is the 2020 recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award in poetry.

His poetry has appeared in several publications, including “The Rumpus,” “Beloit Poetry Journal,” “The Cincinnati Review,” “32 Poems” and “RHINO.”

To register for the virtual poetry reading, visit

For more information, contact the Division of Languages and Literature at (662) 846-4060.