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Guest Speaker: Reina Maria Rodriguez


4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Free and open to the public.Bilingual literary reading featuring Reina María Rodríguez (Havana, Cuba), with translation from Kristin Dykstra, followed by conversation.Reina María Rodríguez is the author of more than 30 books to date, including three in bilingual editions with translations by Dykstra. In addition to a long list of earlier awards, among them two Casa de las Américas awards for poetry in the 20th century, she won Cuba’s National Prize for Literature in 2013 and the prestigious Pablo Neruda Ibero-American Poetry Prize (awarded by the Chilean Ministry of Culture) in 2014. Rodríguez is known not only for the quality and range of her own writing, but for her commitment to artistic community and cultural independence for writers and artists. Her home, known as the “azotea” or rooftop, served as an alternative cultural salon in the 1990s. She hosts occasional events there today; she also oversees events at the “Torre de Letras” (Tower of Letters, currently offering events on Obispo St. in the Old Havana district) and coordinates small-press publishing under the same name. Kristin Dykstra has served as principal literary translator into English for Ms. Rodríguez for nearly two decades and has published scholarship connected to their work. She is Distinguished Scholar in Residence at St. Michaels.Co-sponsored by the Academic Enrichment Fund, the College Events Committee, and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas / Nueva escritura de las Américas. For additional information, contact Dr. Kristin Dykstra at kdykstra@smcvt.edu

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