Write Thing Reading Series featuring Julio Montalvo Valentin
The Write Thing Reading Series is devoted to bringing literary artists to Medaille University’s campus for the purpose of enhancing the educational experience of students and contributing to the scope and richness of the larger Buffalo literary community. The February 16, 2023 reading will feature teaching artist, poet, freelance writer & arts facilitator Julio Montalvo Valentin.
Julio Montalvo Valentin (they/his/Julio) is a traveling teaching artist, poet, freelance writer, and arts facilitator. In pursuit of community and home, Julio began by collaborating with others to co-found the late Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective and co-host the late Ground and Sky Reading series at Rust Belt Books for several years.
Julio received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Writing and English literature from SUNY Buffalo State, where he also received two research fellowships, one for his second coast-to-coast poetry tour and another to study poetry curated on the Stonewall Nation Radio Program. They have also authored three poetry chapbooks, the latest being Those Who Pray to Rice (NightBallet Books, 2019). After many years of publishing chapbooks, Julio found his calling through teaching artistry after interacting with the arts community and non-profit organizations such as Just Buffalo Literary Center. This has led to collaborations and projects that the Buffalo Community continues to draw inspiration from. Julio worked on creative writing experiences with the TimeSlips: WNY Tele-Stories Project, the BPS “Woke Words” program (“Freedom” poetry mural at Broderick Park), and the inaugural Teaching Artist Mentorship Program with the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable.
These days, Julio is a lecturer, public speaking coach, teaching artist, freelance grants/proposals writer, and uncle who makes time to serve an ever-changing community of socially-engaged writers through trauma-informed, re/generative workshops. Julio currently serves as a member of the Latino/a/x arts collective called Los Artistas del Barrio Buffalo (LAdB), the Spark Filmmakers Collective, and the Lit Youngstown 2022 Literary Festival planning committee. You can always find Julio ready for the next writing opportunity and to share their love of words through his next project. For more information, visit ProcessPoetry.com.
This event is free & open to the public.
Julio Montalvo ValentínPoet
Julio Montalvo Valentín is a Latinx poet and writer with severe bouts of neuropathic wanderlust. Julio (They/His/Julio) is the author of three chapbooks, the latest titled Those Who Pray to Rice (NightBallet Books, 2019). Julio is a member of the Latino/a/x arts collective called Los Artistas del Barrio Buffalo (LAdB), a freelance teaching artist, and holds an M.A. in English Literature from Buffalo State College. They have recently completed a summer project for the “Woke Words” summer enrichment program at P.S. 18, where the students also created a public poetry mural called Freedom, located at Broderick Park, for the City of Buffalo. Julio spends their time pillow fighting their family when they are not writing about the loss that is to come. You can find Julio talking about the politics of rice, knee-deep in assignments at a local college or in a bookstore, or looking for the next story.