Alberto Ríos

Alberto Ríos’s latest collections of poems are A Small Story About the Sky (2015), The Dangerous Shirt (2009), and The Theater of Night (2007)—this last the winner of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, and all three from Copper Canyon Press. A finalist for the National Book Award in 2002 for The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body and the recipient of the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, Ríos has taught at Arizona State University for over thirty-five years. He is Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate, a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU.


The Quiet Boy Noé Who Waited to Speak

  He listened, very well. He could not help himself.   Every sound he heard he remembered, Making a great library of music inside himself.   He didn’t mean to, but could not help himself. A sound asks for attention, and he gave it.   He stored much of that noise in his head, But […]

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