Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Cimarroneando/Always Rebellious

A Bilingual Poetry Reading and Talk by Award Winning Afro-Cuban poet Georgina Herrera

Fri, March 4, 2016 | Benedict 2.104

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgina Herrera
Georgina Herrera

Born in Jovellanos in the province of Matanzas, Georgina Herrera moved to Havana in 1956 and has lived there since.  At the outset of the Cuban Revolution, she became involved with the “Novación Literaria” movement and started as a scriptwriter at the Cuban Institute for Radio.  In 1962 she published her first collection of poems, GH, with the groundbreaking press Ediciones El Puente.  Seven more collections followed:   Gentes y cosas (Ediciones Unión, 1974), Granos de sol y luna (Ediciones  Unión, 1974), Grande es el tiempo (Ediciones Unión, 1989), Gustadas sensaciones (Ediciones Unión, 1996), Gritos (Torre de Papel, 2004), África (Ediciones Manglar y Uvero, 2006), and Gatos y liebres (Ediciones Unión, 2010).  Known as a poet, Herrera has also written for radio and television series and authored numerous dramas and film scripts and a memoir in collaboration with Daisy Rubiera entitled Golpeando la memoria: Testimonio de una poeta cubana afrodescendiente (Ediciones Unión 2005). Her writing revolves around themes of gender, Afro-Cuban history, and the African legacy. 

Herrera is the recipient of the Cuban National Union of Writers and Artists Poetry Prize, the Raúl Gómez García Medal, a special commendation from the Federation of Cuban Women for her television scriptwriting on women’s issues,  Women in the Arts Prize , the Alejo Carpentier Medal, and the Teatro Cimarrón Mackandal Prize, among others.   Her work has been translated to various languages and has won much recognition abroad.  She has been invited several times to the Soviet Union, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Canada, and the United States.

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Sponsored by: UT Austin Program of Comparative Literature and John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

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