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Dia de los Muertos: Honoring the Dead with Poetry - Workshop with Richard Vargas

Saturday, October 8, 2022

10:00 am - 12:00 pm (CT)

Vernon County Historical Society Museum
410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI

Registration is limited. To register, click here.

The Driftless Writing Center is delighted to host an in-person workshop led by lauded poet, editor, and publisher Richard Vargas. His workshop—titled “Dia de los Muertos: Honoring the Dead with Poetry”—will include resources, writing opportunities, and lively group discussion held at the Vernon County Historical Society.

About our featured instructor:

Richard Vargas was born in Compton, California, and earned his BA at Cal State University, Long Beach, where he studied under Gerald Locklin. Vargas received his MFA from the University of New Mexico, where he workshopped his poetry with Joy Harjo. He has edited/published five issues of The Tequila Review—highlighting early works by Jimmy Santiago Baca, Alberto Rios, Nila Northsun, and many more—and also edited/published The Más Tequila Review from 2009-2015, featuring poets from across the country. He has had four books of his poetry published: McLife (Main Street Rag), which was featured twice on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac; American Jesus (Tia Chucha Press); Guernica, revisited (Press 53), also featured on the Writer's Almanac; and How A Civilization Begins (Mouthfeel Press), released on September 8 of this year. Vargas has been the recipient of the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference’s Hispanic Writer Award, served on the faculty of the National Latino Writers Conference, and facilitated a workshop at the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference. His poetry continues to appear in poetry journals and anthologies. Currently, he resides in Wisconsin, near the lake where Otis Redding’s plane crashed.


Saturday, October 8, 2022, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (CT)


Vernon County Historical Society Museum

410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI


Workshop cost: $20-$50 sliding scale.

(Scholarships are available. Email us at

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