Presenting W. Joe’s Poetry Corner, in which our host W. Joe Hoppe interviews a poet, who will then give a reading and answer questions from audience members. For March 2014, W. Joe’s Poetry Corner welcomes Vicente Lozano to the stage. Lozano is a recipient of a postgraduate fellowship from the Michener Center for Writers, and has also participated in Macondo, Sandra Cisneros’ socially engaged writing community. In 2007 Lozano received a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship from The Texas Institute of Letters. The Vermont Studio Center has gifted him with several artist grants.
Lozano’s obsession has been with his family’s Mexican history in South Texas (though thirty years in Austin have, at times, made him an unavoidable watcher of whiteness and its awkward hat dance with an emerging Latino population). Precisely because Race and History are heavy—the gifts that keep on giving™—he escapes into pop culture, satire, and absurdity as often as he can.
By day he keeps computers from crashing. For the past ten years he has been Systems Administrator for The Undergraduate Writing Center at The University of Texas at Austin.