Chicago Chicano poet Carlos Cumpián read at Goshen College March 21

GOSHEN, Ind. ­ A Chicano writer working in English, Carlos Cumpián writes poetry that paints impassioned pictures of the Latino experience in the United States, giving an intimate ­ yet universal ­ look at the dissonance and divided experience of modern America. He brought his poetry to Goshen College on March 21 for a reading.

Cumpián, who lives in Chicago, is the author of “Coyote Sun” (1990), a collection of Chicano poetry, “Armadillo Charm” (1996) and “Latino Rainbow” (1994), a colorfully illustrated book of poetry for children.

His poetry has been published in “Spoon River Quarterly,” “Exquisite Corpse,” “Another Chicago Magazine” and numerous anthologies. Cumpián has been awarded two Community Arts Assistance Grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and has been honored for his poetry by the Illinois State Library. He is the editor-in-chief of MARCH Abrazo Press, the oldest Midwestern small press publishing poetry by Chicanos, Native Americans and Latina/os.

Cumpián’s poems have been described as “brave, funny and passionate tales of all our lives” by acclaimed novelist Achey Obejas. And poet and educator Martin Espada said, “Carlos Cumpián writes poems brimming with Chicano life, full of anger, humor, and irony. The explosive energy of [his] poems flows into a vision of justice, gleaming from the page. Cumpián cares deeply, urgently, and so will [his] readers.”