Poetry Reading and Book-signing with Melinda Palacio, Author of Bird Forgiveness

Friday, August 3, at 6 p.m.

Teche Center for the Arts, 210 East Bridge Street, Breaux Bridge

Welcome poet Melinda Palacio to Acadiana as she celebrates the release of her stunning new book of poetry, Bird Forgiveness, at Teche Center for the Arts. Melinda will read her poems and sign copies of Bird Forgiveness. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

The poems in Bird Forgiveness touch on race, the environment, the precarious nature of birds, love, death, and forgiveness. Melinda’s poems are rooted in feminism and in her experiences growing up Mexican-American in South-Central Los Angeles.

Rodger Kamenetz, author of To Die Next to You, says of Bird Forgiveness: “Melinda Palacio sets all her birds free, and we remember what birds and poets have most in common—their wild song.”



Melinda Palacio is the author of the novel, Ocotillo Dreams, for which she received the Mariposa Award for Best First Book at the 2012 International Latino Book Awards and a 2012 PEN Oakland- Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. She is currently working on a second novel. Tía Chucha Press published Palacio’s first full-length book of poems, How Fire Is a Story, Waiting. The collection was a finalist for the 2013 Binghamton University Milt Kessler Award and the 2013 Patterson Poetry Prize. She received First Prize in Poetry at the 2013 International Latino Book Awards at the Instituto Cervantes in Manhattan. In 2015, her work was featured on the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day Program. She lives in Santa Barbara, CA and New Orleans, LA.