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Castro

Adrian Castro
Poet & Performance Artist
Miami, FL
2012

This award was generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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Poet, performer, and interdisciplinary artist Adrian Castro says that he writes and performs in a “rhythmic Afro-Latino style.” He has published three books of poetry. The first, Cantos to Blood and Honey (1997), won the Eric Mathiue King Award from the Academy of American Poets. The New York Times Review of Books selected his second collection, Wise Fish: Tales in 6/8 Time as an Editor’s Choice, noting its “sinuous syncopated verses.” Castro has taught at several universities, including the University of Miami. He is also a trained Chinese medical practitioner as well as a Babalawo, a priest in the Yoruba Ifá divination system.

Portrait photo courtesy Pedro Portal.

  • Handling Destiny, 2009; cover art Linda S. Koutsky; photo courtesy of Coffee House Press