The Poetry Project


Raúl Zurita

Few authors have explored the nexus of art and activism with the expressive skill, international reach, and creativity of Raúl Zurita. After his imprisonment by the Pinochet regime in 1973, this legendary poet of resistance chronicled atrocities committed against the Chilean people, including attacks on their language. Zurita's works have been published in translation around the world and shared via public art displays; his verses have been skywritten above New York City, etched into the Atacama Desert, and carved into Chilean cliff-faces. His many honors include the Chilean National Prize for Literature, a Guggenheim Foundation scholarship, and the Asan World Prize for poetry. In this presentation, Zurita will read from his poetry collection INRI and other works, followed by a conversation with poet Norma Cole and poet/translator William Rowe.

Co-presented with PEN America, as part of the World Voices Festival, with support from the Poetry Foundation