Poet Ricardo Ruiz visits WVC at Omak on Feb. 15

February 1, 2024 

Media Contacts:  
Edith Gomez, campus life and diversity coordinator, 509-422-7814, egomez@wvc.edu 
Jennifer Korfiatis, interim public information officer, 509-682-6650, jkorfiatis@wvc.edu   

Ricardo RuizThe Wenatchee Valley College at Omak MEChA Club will host poet Ricardo Ruiz on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 12 p.m. in Hazel Allen Burnett Hall, room 401-402, on the Omak campus. Ruiz will give a presentation about his story and a workshop in which students can learn about poetry and how to write a poem.  

This free event is open to the community.  

Ruiz is from Othello, Wash. and attended Big Bend Community College and the University of Washington. His debut collection of poetry, "We Had Our Reasons," was selected as a finalist for the Washington State Book Award in Poetry in 2023 and reached number one on the Hispanic American Poetry Chart on Amazon. "We Had Our Reasons" describes the multi-generational effects of migration from the perspectives of parents and children, and it has been printed in both Spanish and English to ensure accessibility. 

Light refreshments, including hot chocolate and conchas, will be served at the event.  


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