About Vince Gotera

Vince Gotera was born and raised in San Francisco but also lived in the Philippines for several years as a young child. He lives in Iowa with his wife Mary Ann and their three children, Amanda, Amelia, and Melina. He also has a son, Marty, from a previous marriage. Gotera teaches ethnic American literature and creative writing at the University of Northern Iowa where he serves as poetry editor of North American Review.

Gotera holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University, MA in American literature from San Francisco State University, MFA in Creative Writing as well as a Ph.D. in English and in American Studies from Indiana University.  His book of literary criticism, Radical Visions: Poetry by Vietnam Veterans was published in 1994 by the University of Georgia Press.

Gotera has won a 1993 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, an American Academy of American Poets Prize,
the 1998 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award in Poetry, and the 1988 Felix Pollak Poetry Prize awarded by the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He
is poetry editor of the journal Asian America.

Pecan Grove Press is pleased to announce his second collection of poetry, Fighting Kite.  His first book from PGP was Dragonfly..  

Pecan Grove Press

Fighting Kite
by Vince Gotera

ISBN: 978-1-931247-23-8

"The skillfuly interwoven lines in Vince Gotera's Fighting Kite--tightly gripping couplets, wryly sprawling sestinas, eerie terza rima--stay ever alert to the echoes and shadows of language.  Subtle in music and vivid in imagery, these poems spin honest tales that spell out hard and impressive truths of the pain and pride between father and son."

--Annie Finch, author of Calendars

Fighting Kite was designed by Sally Ann Kueker

Vince Gotera's first PGP book, Dragonfly, is currently Out of Print


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