PROMISES OF GOLD with JOSÉ OLIVAREZ - San Antonio Book Festival
April, 15 2023


  • 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Latino Collection Resource Center
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 5:15 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

“How many bad lovers have gotten poems? How many crushes? No disrespect to romantic love—but what about our friends ? Those homies who are there all along—cheering for us and reminding us that love is abundant.” In the groundbreaking collection of poems with Spanish translation by poet David Ruano, José Olivarez explores every kind of love in Promises of Gold / Promesas de Oro

About the Author

José Olivarez - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Mercedes Zapata

José Olivarez

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by The Adroit Journal, NPR, and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he coedited the poetry anthology The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext. He cohosts the poetry podcast The Poetry Gods. His latest book is the poetry collection, Promises of Gold. 


José Olivarez - The San Antonio Book Festival

Lilly Gonzalez

Lilly Gonzalez is the executive director of the San Antonio Book Festival. Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, in the under-developed colonias of Pharr, Texas, Lilly is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her first love was books and she has been reading ever since. Prior to moving to San Antonio, she spent 14 years living in Chicago, where she worked in public affairs at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She earned both her MFA in creative writing and BS in journalism from Northwestern University.

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