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Hugo Jamioy is a poet from Putumayo, a member of the Camëntsá indigenous community and the author of several books of poetry, including No somos gente (2001) and Danzantes del viento (2010). His work has been translated into English, French, Italian and Portuguese. Jamioy, who participates in the Ministry of Culture’s National Network of Creative Writing Workshops, will talk about his work with Selnich Vivas.
After the pandemic period, what better food for the soul than once again, in the city of Cartagena, to listen to the poets who inspire and move us. The traditional Hay Festival Poetry Gala returns with Piedad Bonnett (Colombia), Anne Boyer (United States), Winston Morales Chavarro (Colombia), Gustavo Tatis (Colombia) and Raúl Zurita (Chile). Introduced by Liliet Heredero.
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Raúl Zurita is one of the most famous poets in Latin America. His poetry records the violence and atrocities committed against the Chilean people after the military coup of Augusto Pinochet. Detained during the early hours on September 11 1973, he was arrested inprisoned on a ship. He was one of the founders of the group Colectivo Acciones de Arte (CADA), which undertook some very risky public art actions against the regime. In 1982, five airplanes wrote their poem New Life in the New York sky, and in 1993 he had the phrase Ni pena ni miedo (“Neither Sorrow nor Fear”) inscribed in a three-kilometre-long permanent installation in the Atacama Desert. Zurita has received the Guggenheim and DAAD scholarships, as well as other distinctions suchs as the 2000 Chilean National Literature Prize, the Iberoamerican Pablo Neruda Prize in 2016, and the 2020 Reina Sofía Iberoamerican Poetry Prize. He has done poetry readings at numerous universities, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Tufts or Berkeley. On this occasion he will talk about his work with Piedad Bonnett.
Piedad Bonnett is one of the most renowned writers on the Colombian literary scene, a columnist for El Espectador newspaper and a lecturer at the University of the Andes. She is the author of six novels and several collections of poetry, with work translated into English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Greek and Swedish. She has received, among other awards, the 11th Casa de América Prize for American Poetry and the 2014 José Lezama Lima Poetry Prize. The book Poesía reunidas (2021) is a compilation of her poetic work since its beginnings in 1989, with poems selected from books such as De círculo y ceniza, El hilo de los días, Tretas del débil and Explicaciones no pedidas. Her last book is the novel Qué hacer con estos pedazos (2021), the story of a sixty-four year old woman who is trapped in an apparently happy and calm marital and domestic routine, that in reality hides unseen forms of violence and pain that are normalized by everyday life. in conversation with Fernanda Trías.