Poetry Reading Inspired by the Visual Arts by acclaimed Poet and Art critic RICARDO PAU-LLOSA

The Mexican Cultural Institute and the Consulate of Mexico 
in New Orleans are pleased to present a
Poetry reading and Gallery talk
by acclaimed
Cuban-American Poet and Art critic
RICARDO PAU-LLOSA

in conjunction with the current exhibition 
“Reflection and the DiasporicEpic” by artist Piki Mendizabal 

on August 24, 2018
5:30 to 7:30 pm 

901 Convention Center Blvd. Suite 118
New Orleans, LA 

Entrance to the Institute's gallery is through Higgins Street



Pau-Llosa was born into a working-class family in Havana. In 1960 Pau-Llosa fled Cuba with his parents, older sister, and maternal grandmother — all of whom emerge in his autobiographical poems of exile and remembrance. He graduated from Belén Jesuit Preparatory High School in Miami in 1971, and went on to major in English (literature) at various universities, among them Florida International University (BA, 1974), Florida Atlantic University (MA, 1976), and the University of Florida (1978–1981).

His first book of poetry, Sorting Metaphors (Anhinga Press, 1983), won the first national Anhinga Prize,[citation needed]. He published a second book of poetry in Bread of the Imagined (Bilingual Press, 1992). His third book of poems, Cuba (Carnegie Mellon U Press, 1993), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest collections are Mastery Impulse (2003) and Parable Hunter (2008), both from Carnegie Mellon.



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