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“The Rain Always Rises,” April 26; A Symposium on the Poetry of Miguel-Angel Zapata

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (April 11, 2013) … Hofstra University’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is presenting an event titled The Rain Always Rises: A Symposium on the Poetry of Miguel-Angel Zapata. Dr. Zapata, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra, is considered one of the most innovative poets of his generation in Peru and one of Latin America’s most influential poetic voices over the past 10 years. The symposium will be held at the Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, 10th Floor, Axinn Library, South Campus, on Friday, April 26, 2013, from 2-5:30 p.m., followed by a reception.

This symposium is free and open to the public. For more information call 516-463-5140.

(This event was originally scheduled for November 1, 2012, and was rescheduled because of Hurricane Sandy.)

Dr. Zapata was awarded the 2011 Latino Literature Prize in the Poetry Category for his book Fragmentos de una manzana y otros poemas (Fragments of an Apple and Other Poems), published by the Biblioteca Sibila/BBVA Foundation, one of the leading and most prestigious publishers in Spain. Among Dr. Zapata’s recent published works are the celebrated Ensayo sobre la rosa. Poesía selecta (2010), Mario Vargas Llosa and the Persistence of Memory (2006), A Sparrow in the House of Seven Patios (2005), El cielo que me escribe (2002), Moradas de la voz. Notas sobre poesía latinoamericana contemporánea (2002), and Escribir bajo el polvo (2000).

The symposium itinerary:

2 p.m. Welcoming remarks

Sabine Loucif, Professor of French, and Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Hofstra University

Bernard J. Firestone, Dean, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hofstra University

Alfonso Garcia Osuna, Professor of Spanish, Kingsborough Community College-City University of New York

2:30-4 p.m. Panel 1

Moderator: Greg Pell, Associate Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Hofstra University

Rolando Perez, Professor, Hunter College-City University of New York
Miguel Angel Zapata and the interior spaces of poetry

Juan Carlos Villavicencio, University of Chile
Hacia una breve visión de la poética de MAZ

Marta Lopez-Luaces, Associate Professor, Montclair State University
La mirada y la palabra poética en la obra de Miguel Ángel Zapata

Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College
Viva Zapata!

4:30-5:15 p.m. Panel 2

Moderator: Enrique Winter, MFA Fellow, New York University

Armando Romero, Charles Phelps Taft Professor, University of Cincinnati
Miguel Ángel Zapata en el contexto de la poesía hispanoamericana actual

Roger Santiváñez, Assistant Professor, Temple University
Miguel Ángel Zapata: Cuervo en el desierto/ el susurro de las rosas

5:30-6 p.m. Keynote Address

Introduction by Sabine Loucif, Hofstra University

Randolph D. Pope, Commonwealth Professor, University of Virginia-Charlottesville
What Makes a Real Poet?

At the end of the symposium there will be a poetry reading by Miguel-Angel Zapata (6-6:30 p.m.), followed by a reception.

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.


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