Location: The Studio @ Billings Forge
563 Broad Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Monday Feb. 22, 7pm—
FROM CUBA WITH LOVE
Featuring poets Bessy Reyna and Mark Weiss…
Bessy Reyna is an award-winning Latina poet. The author of two chapbooks, The Battlefield of Your Body, (Hill-Stead Museum Publications, 2005) and She Remembers, (Andrew Mountain Press, 1997). Her work has been published in literary magazinesin the US and Latin America. In 2009 the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Educationselected her as “Outstanding Latina in Literatureand Publications” and the Connecticut Center for the Bookhonored her with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for her contributions to the literary community. She was an opinion columnist for the Hartford Courantfor 9 years. A new bilingual collection “Memorias de la Amante Infiel” will be published in April.
Mark Weiss is the editor of The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry A Bilingual Anthology. The Whole Island makes available a wide range of Cuban poets, including such well-known figures as Nicolás Guillén, José Lezama Lima, and Nancy Morejón, but also poets widely read in Spanish who remain almost unknown to the English-speaking world. The translations convey the intensity and beauty of the accompanying Spanish originals. The poems are an essential source for understanding the literature and culture of Cuba, its diaspora, and the Caribbean at large, and provide an unparalleled perspective on what it means to be Cuban.
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