UA Poetry Center
Alberto Ríos reads from his work in English and Spanish as part of a multilingual poetry reading also featuring Ofelia Zepeda (reading in English and O'odham) and Sherwin Bitsui (reading in English and Navajo). The reading includes selections from Water, an artist book created by Karla Elling to commemorate the Poetry Center's 50th anniversary. Water features a chainlink of poetry composed and translated by Bitsui, Ríos, Zepeda, and Zapotec poet Natalia Toledo.
"Border Lines/Lineas fronterizas," a poem in English and Spanish written and translated by Alberto Ríos. Commissioned by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to commemorate Mexican President Vicente Fox's visit to Arizona on November 4, 2003.
"B' o e-a:g Mas 'ab Him g Ju:ki," a poem by Ofelia Zepeda, translated by Ofelia Zepeda (O'odham/English) as "It is Going to Rain" and by Alberto Ríos (English/Spanish) as "Va a llover."
Zepeda, Ofelia. Jewed 'I-hoi/Earth Movements. Tucson: Kore Press, 1997.
"Dxiibi guidxa," a poem by Natalia Toledo, translated by Natalia Toledo (Zapotec/Spanish) as "Espanto tonto" and by Alberto Ríos (Spanish/English) as "Silly Ghost." "Desert Water," a poem by Alberto Ríos, translated by Alberto Ríos (English/Spanish) as "Agua del desierto."
Toledo, Natalia. "Dxiibi guidxa." Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry. Eds. Monica de la Torre and Michael Wiegers. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2002. Ríos, Alberto and Karla Elling. Words Over Water, a 4,800-pound stone book at Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Arizona.