Raúl Zurita, Chilean Poet LaureateRaúl Zurita, Chilean Poet Laureatehttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/229182Stokes 102 - Humanities Center2013-03-06T19:00:002013-03-06T22:00:00
March 6, 7:00PM
Stokes 102 - Humanities Center
Raúl Zurita, poet laureate of Chile, will read from his works and talk about the relationship between his poetry, historical memory, and the resistance to political violence.
Raúl Zurita is arguably the most powerful poetic voice in Latin America today and one of the world's greatest living poets. After the military coup that ousted Salvador Allende’s government, Zurita’s poetry sought to register the violence and atrocities committed against the Chilean people and to respond to the corruption of language under Pinochet.
During the dictatorship that lasted from 1973 to 1990, Zurita published a fundamental trilogy (Purgatory, Anteparadise, and The New Life), wrote poems in the sky above New York City, bulldozed poems in the Chilean desert, and helped to form the art collective “Colectivo de Acción de Arte” that used performance and urban interventions as acts of political resistance.
Zurita is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Casa de las Américas Prize and the most prestigious National Poetry Prize of Chile. His work has been translated into a dozen languages.
Readings will be in Spanish, with English translations available. Please join us.
Sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and the Distinguished Visitors Program.
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