(Run time 75 min) *please note the special start time *
JoinCity of Asylum and theUniversity of Pittsburgh’s Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures for a reading and conversation with Cuban poet Carlos A. Aguilera. A former ICORN exiled writer resident, Carlos Aguilera was banned from Cuba after joining the 2003 protests against the imprisonment of 75 authors and intellectuals. Carlos talks with Pitt’s Daniel Balderston and Ricardo Vazquez Diaz about his activism, the cultural and political divide in Cuba, and his life abroad. He also reads from recently published collections of poetry and short stories.
The conversation is pre-recorded in Spanish with English subtitles. Carlos will tune in live from his home in Prague to conclude the program with a live, English audience q&a.
Carlos A. Aguilera is a Cuban writer, poet and cultural critic. From August 2007 to 2009 Carlos was the resident writer in the Frankfurt City of Refuge. He has published several volumes of poetry, fiction, and essays while still in Cuba including Retrato de A. Hopper y su esposa (Cuba 1996) and Das Kapital (Cuba 1997). In exile Carlos Aguilera has published the collection of essays and poetry Die Chinamaschine (Graz 2004) and the novel Teoría del alma china (Mexico 2006; translated into German Theorie der chinesischen Seele, Leipzig 2007). He edited several anthologies of Cuban poetry and prose. He now lives in Prague, where he teaches Spanish and literature.