Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Poéticas para el siglo XXI / Poetics for the 21st Century

A Poetry Reading by Contemporary Poets from Chile/Argentina/Wallmapu

We are pleased to invite you to the upcoming poetry reading, “Poetics for the 21st Century: A Poetry Reading by Contemporary Poets from the Southern Cone and Wallmapu.”  Esteemed poets Raúl Zurita, Tamara Kamenszain, and Sergio Raimondi will be speaking at the event.  We hope to see you there! 

Event Details:

Location: Harry Ransom Center's Prothro Theater
Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 3:30 PM to 5:45 PM
This event is free and open to the public.


3:30 – 3:45 Opening Remarks
3:45 – 4:15
Poetry Reading by Sergio Raimondi (in Spanish)
4:15 – 4:45
Poetry Reading by Tamara Kamenszain (in Spanish, with some English translations)
5:00 – 5:40
Poetry Reading by Raúl Zurita (in Spanish, with English translations)
5:40 – 6:15
Roundtable with Tamara Kamenszain, Sergio Raimondi, and Raúl Zurita  (bilingually conducted in Spanish/English)

* Please note that poet Leonel Lienlaf will be unable to join us due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Biographies and poets' information

Raúl ZuritaRaúl Zurita is arguably the most prominent contemporary poetic voice in Latin America today. He earned his BA in Engineering from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile.  He was born in Chile in 1950. Zurita’s poetry is a powerful testimony of the human rights violations that the people of Chile underwent during the dictatorial regime of General Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). Along with a series of international accolades and prizes, in the year 2000 Raúl Zurita won Chile’s most prestigious national literary award, the Premio Nacional de Literatura. Poet Raúl Zurita has produced one of the most elaborated, dense, and emotionally affecting poetic oeuvres in the literary history of Chile with his Dantesque trilogy: Purgatorio (Purgatory), published in 1979; Anteparaíso (Anteparadise), 1982; and, La Vida Nueva (The New Life), 1994, all of them translated and published in English. He has also been interviewed and translated for some of the most well-known English language cultural and literary publications, such as The Paris Review, and Bomb Magazine.  In recent years, Raúl Zurita has continued publishing and confirming his poetic talents. In 2003, he published INRI (Marick Press, 2009); in 2009, Cuadernos de guerra; in 2007, Los países muertos; and, more recently, his monumental, autobiographic yet allegorical poetic magnum opus entitled, Zurita (Santiago, 2011).  Poet Raúl Zurita’s visit to UT Austin will constitute an event that will be compelling to faculty and students across colleges and schools on campus and in Texas. Given the fact that his work is widely translated into English, his poetry reading will be in Spanish (by the poet) and in translation (by a member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese).

Tamara KamenszainTamara Kamenszain is one of the most prominent contemporary Argentine poets. She earned her BA in Philosophy from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1970. She was born in Buenos Aires in 1947. She is the descendant of Jewish, Russian and Romanian immigrants. In 1972, Kamenszain received the poetry prize from the National Arts Fund of Argentina for From this Side of the Mediterranean, her first book of poems, which was published in Buenos Aires in 1973. Following a year in New York after the appearance of her subsequent collection, No, Kamenszain began teaching at the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Mexico. In addition to her teaching, she also worked for the National Endowment for the Arts in Mexico and the Ministry of Culture in Argentina. After living in Mexico until 1984, she returned to Buenos Aires and has been living there since the early 1990s.  A prolific author, she has also published important works of poetic criticism: among them, La boca del testimonio (The Voice of Testimony, 2007), Historias de amor: y otros ensayos sobre poesía (Stories of Love and Other Essays on Poetry, 2000), and El texto silencioso: Tradición y vanguardia en la poesía sudamericana (The Silent Text: Tradition and Avant-Garde in the Poetry of South America, 1983). Her prolific poetic production in the last decade includes several collections of poems: El Ghetto (Sudamericana, Buenos Aires, 2003); Solos y solas (Editorial Lumen, Buenos Aires, 2005); El eco de mi madre (Bajo la luna, 2010); and, La novela de la poesía. Poesía reunida (Adriana Hidalgo Editora, 2012). Kamenszain has been awarded a number of prizes, such as the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal, among others.

Leonel LienlafLeonel Lienlaf is a foundational figure in the emergence of contemporary Mapuche poetry and literature. Lienlaf, after the completion of high school, he has devoted his life to creative writing as well as to learn about his own indigenous, Mapuche culture in Chile. He was born in 1969 in the Mapuche community of Alepue on the coast of the San José de la Mariquina County, province of Valdivia, which is located in southern Chile.  He forms part of a contemporary generation of indigenous, Mapuche poets, writers, and artists, which has emerged in the last three decades.  He writes his poetry primarily in his native language, Mapundungun, with Spanish versions.  He published his first book of poetry in 1989 under the title Se ha despertado el ave de mi corazón (The Bird of my Heart Has Awakened), which received the Municipal Prize of Literature in Santiago, Chile in 1991.  As a poet who cultivates not only poetic writing, but also the tradition of the Mapuche chant (Ül), he produced a CD entitled Canto y poesía mapuche in 1998.  In a similar vein, he has collaborated as a scriptwriter and as a voiceover for documentary videos on Mapuche life.  His second book of poetry, Pewma dungu/Palabras soñadas (Dream Words) was published in 2003.  Recently, he has published a third book of poetry entitle Kogen (Temuco, 2014). He is regarded as one of Chile’s most distinguished contemporary poets.

Sergio RaimondiSergio Raimondi is one the most distinct poetic voices in early 21st century poetry in Argentina. He earned his BA in Literature (Licenciado en Letras) from the Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina, in 1994.  He was born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina in 1968. In 2001, he published his seminal book of poetry titled Poesía civil (Bahia Blanca: Editorial Vox). He is currently the director of the Instituto Cultural de Bahía Blanca. His poetry has been featured in the prestigious poetry journal Diario de Poesía in Buenos Aires and he has been included in several anthologies of emerging Latin American poetry. He teaches literature at the Universidad Nacional del Sur.




Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante

Raelene Wyse

James C. Staig Limidoro

In collaboration with:

Lucía Aramayo
Ana Cecilia Calle
Cynthia Francica
Valerya Rey de Castro
Ruth Rubio