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Dallas Museum of Art Welcomes Mexican Poet Homero Aridjis As Part of its México 200 Celebration

Richardson, Texas (August 30, 2010) – As part of the Dallas Museum of Art’s “México 200” celebration of the bicentennial of Mexican independence, acclaimed poet Homero Aridjis will give a reading on Friday, September 17, at 9:00 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Art’s monthly Late Night. The bilingual reading will come from two of Aridjis’ poetry books, Solar Poems and Eyes to See Otherwise (both in English translation). A book signing will follow. This special event will be presented in partnership with The Center for Translation Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Late Night is held every third Friday of the month and the museum remains open until midnight. September’s Late Night includes performances in the galleries, Mexican films, creativity challenges, and family activities that celebrate Mexican culture, as well as an After Hours Music Showcase featuring the Tejas Brothers.

A poet of worldwide renown, Aridjis has published 38 books of poetry and prose, many of them translated into a dozen languages. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships and numerous awards, including the Global 500 Award from the United Nations Environment Program on behalf of the environmental association he founded, International Group of 100, in 1987, and the Prix Roger Caillois from France for poetry and fiction in 1997. President Emeritus of International PEN and former Mexican ambassador to the Netherlands and Switzerland, Aridjis was until recently Mexico’s ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The poetry reading is open to the public, and is included in general admission to the Museum. Adults $10; students (with a current Texas ID) $5; children 12 and under and DMA members free.