CSU, Chico News

Internationally Renowned Afro-Cuban Poet Coming to Campus

Date: 09-09-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Sara Cooper, Professor
Spanish and Multicultural and Gender Studies

Nancy Morejón, one of Cuba’s most celebrated poets, will give a bilingual reading of her recent work, “Homing Instincts/Querencias,” at California State University, Chico on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in Bell Memorial Union Room 210.

A prolific poet, critic and essayist whose work spans half a century, Morejón is the recipient of numerous literary awards and accolades. In 2001, she was the first black female recipient of the Cuban National Literature Prize. She is also a juror for the Carbet Caribbean Award. She currently directs both the Caribbean Studies Center at Casa de las Americas in Havana and the Cuban Academy of Language. Her work has been translated into more than 10 languages.

In “Homing Instincts/Querencias,” Morejón departs somewhat from her traditional focus on Cuban politics and Afro-Cuban heritage to reveal a more intimate and personal glimpse of herself and the island.

The collection was released on Sept. 4 by Cubanabooks, a local nonprofit literary press where CSU, Chico Spanish and multicultural and gender studies professor Sara Cooper is editor in chief. It was translated by Pamela Carmell.

A reception will be held following the reading in the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, located in Meriam Library Room 172.