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Nov. 16: Poet and digital artist wraps up fall colloquium series

FREDERICK, Md.—An award-winning Chicano poet, scholar and digital artist will visit Hood College on Nov. 16 to discuss a diverse collection of literary works.

J. Michael Martinez’ lecture, “The Time that Remains,” will take place at 7 p.m. in the Marx Center as the final event in Hood’s fall colloquium series. He will explore several works of writing and how they partake in nonlinear forms of narrative construction.

His presentation will examine Aztec codices; William Blake’s epic, “Jerusalem;” and contemporary graphic novels such as the Hernandez brothers’ “Love and Rockets,” David Mack’s “Kabuki,” Alison Knowle’s “Book of Beans” and Guillermo Gomez Peña’s “Codex Espangliensis.” Martinez will focus on how these culturally distinct works generate “time” and “space” for their readers and how writers and visual artists may employ these techniques in their own creations. He will then speak about his new work, “The Invention Machine,” and how identity politics, digital art and poetics are engaged in it.

Martinez received the prestigious Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets in 2009 for his first book, “Heredities.” His second book, “In the Garden of the Bridehouse,” is available from the University of Arizona Press. He is poetry editor of NOEMI Press, and his writings are anthologized in Ahsahta Press’ “The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral,” Rescue Press’ “The New Census: 40 American Poets,” and Counterpath Press’ “Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing.”

All colloquium events are free and open to the public, and the series is funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant. For more information, contact Aaron Angello at or visit