Julio Montalvo Valentin (they/his) is the author of three chapbooks, the latest being Those Who Pray to Rice (NightBallet Press, 2019), and is a member of Los Artistas del Barrio Buffalo (LADB). Julio was a guest editor for Mutata Re, Portrait, Coffin Bell Journal, Variety Pack, and co-founder of the late Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective. Their work has been published in Thimble Literary Magazine, Cavity, Bangor Literary Journal, and Aisthesis: The Interdisciplinary Honors Journal, and more. Their work has been anthologized in Boricua en la Luna: An Anthology of Puerto Rican Voices, A Flash of Dark, Mansion, My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry, and the Silkworm Anthology Volume 13. While pausing on their next project for the season, a poetry caravan, you can find them working to finish their Master’s degree in English Literature.
Those Who Pray to Rice contains nineteen beautifully written poems about Puerto Rico and what it means to be Puerto Rican-American, expanding on themes of family, food, and the experiences of hurricanes, poverty, and survival. He deftly weaves Spanish words and phrases throughout his poetry, musically and naturally, to give the reader a true sense of his cultural identity.
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
No registration required. This workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18.