Poetry off the Shelf
Poesía en Abril: Miguel Barnet and Ana Rossetti
Saturday, April 7th, 7:00 PM
61 West Superior Street
Advanced reservations are no longer available, however, a limited number of standby tickets will be released on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event.
Susurros, or whispers, is the theme of the fifth edition of Poesía en Abril festival, a celebration of Spanish-language poetry. Miguel Barnet of Cuba and Ana Rossetti of Spain appear as part of this citywide event, bringing their distinct poetic voices to the Poetry Foundation.
Widely recognized for his testimonial novel Biografía de un cimarrón (1966), Miguel Barnet is well known in Cuba for his work in the field of ethnographic studies and for his poetry. He is currently President of the Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba.
Since she broke into the poetry scene in Spain with her book Los devaneos de Erato in 1980, Ana Rossetti has become one of the most important literary voices of her generation. Her poetic and narrative body of work is erotic in tone, and her work for theatre and opera librettos is extensive.
The evening will include a bilingual reading with translation and performance. Visit www.contratiempo.net for more information about the festival.
Co-sponsored by contratiempo, Instituto Cervantes, and DePaul University.
This exhibition showcases highlights from the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks (1917–2000), Illinois Poet Laureate and the first black winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Brooks’s papers include youthful poetry and prose, scrapbooks of pieces she published as a young woman, extensive correspondence with a significant roster of other writers, and manuscript drafts and proofs, especially after she left mainstream publishing to produce her works with black-owned presses.