Poets and academics Marjorie Agosín, Emma Romeu and Clara Eugenia Ronderos will talk about their personal experience and the way they have managed to continue writing in their native tongue after many years of living and working in the US. Other topics in this conversation will be the “absences” created by this exercise of double identity and the “alternative presences” they have been able to establish through their writing. Their poetry will of course be at the center of this conversation and their poems, the best way to express these topics.
Marjorie Agosín, Chilean poet and novelist, is professor of Spanish at Wellesley College and human rights activist. Her work has won numerous prizes, including the Pura Belpre Award and the Latino Literature Prize for her collection of poems El ángel de la memoria. Emma Romeu, Cuban writer, poet and environmental journalist, works as professor of Spanish at Berklee College of Music. She has published her works with publishing houses in Spain, Mexico and the US, and her journalistic work has appeared in international magazines such as National Geographic en español. Clara Eugenia Ronderos, Colombian short story writer and poet, is professor of Spanish and literature at Lesley University. She won the Carmen Conde award for her collection of poems Estaciones en Exilio. Her most recent publications include the volume of poetry De Reyes y Fuegos (Madrid, 2018).