Roripaugh is the author of two books of poetry, “Beyond Heart Mountain,” which was selected by Ishmael Reed for the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the 2000 Asian American Literature Awards; and “Year of the Snake,” a book that was published in 1994. Born and raised in Laramie, Wyo., Roripaugh earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Indiana University. Her reading will be followed by a poetry slam, which is open to anyone. Poets planning to slam should bring three poems. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. For information on poetry slams, go to:

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