APRIL 26 – Instituto Cervantes

Wednesday, April 26, 6 pm

The School of Solitude  by Peruvian Poet Luis Hernández
The Art of Poetry and its Translation. A Conversation with Anthony Geist and César Ferreira

Poesía en Abril Grand Weekend Kick Off Event
Instituto Cervantes
31 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60654

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FREE and open to the public
In English and Spanish
Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Peru; Swan Isle Press; Contratiempo and Poetry Foundation.

Poetry reading and conversation about translation process.
The School of Solitude: Collected Poems will be read not only for its powerful poetry and imagery, but also as a means to learn more about the enigmatic Latin American poet Luis Hernández and the mystery of his life and work.

Invited speakers:

Anthony Geist
Anthony Geist is Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1978, and taught at Princeton University, the University of Texas, San Antonio, and Dartmouth College before coming to the University of Washington in 1987.

César Ferreira
Professor-Latin American Literature
COLLEGE OF LETTERS & SCIENCE Spanish and Portuguese

David Rade
David Rade is the founder, director, and editor of Swan Isle Press, an independent, not for profit, literary and academic publisher in Chicago known for its books of world literature in translation.

Swan Isle Press is an independent, not-for-profit, literary publisher dedicated to publishing works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction that inspire and educate while advancing the knowledge and appreciation of literature, art, and culture.
Peruvian poet Luis Hernández is legendary in his native country. Even as he was haunted by addiction and spent periodic time in rehabilitation centers, Hernandez was exceptionally gifted in his youth, publishing three books of poetry by the time he was twenty-four. He did not publish another book before his untimely death at thirty-six, but he was not silent-he filled notebooks with poems, musical notations, quotes, translations, musings, newspaper clippings, and drawings. Derived from these notebooks, The School of Solitude is the first book of Hernandez’s poetry in English. The haunting voice of Hernandez evokes an irrevocably distant past, with the poems contemplating happiness and joy, love and fulfillment, yet always with a sense of sadness, solitude, and dream. Including rare images from Hernandez’s notebooks, as well as several poems never before published in any language, The School of Solitude will be read not only for its powerful poetry and imagery, but also as a means to learn more about this enigmatic Latin American poet and the mystery of his life and work.






Program and venue partners:
Poetry Foundation, Chicago Park District, Elevarte Community Studios, Instituto Cervantes, Cultura in Pilsen