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Claribel Alegría, noted Central American poet, to speak at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - March 21, 2001

(New Orleans)—Claribel Alegría, internationally-known poet and author, will lecture and read from her work at Loyola University New Orleans on Thursday, March 29, 2001, at 7 p.m. The performance, which is part of International Week celebrations, will be in the Nunemaker Hall, on the main campus at 6363 St. Charles Avenue.

Alegría, who studied at Loyola, has had a long and productive career as one of the major voices in Latin American letters. In her work, she emphasizes her commitment to social justice and confronts the political realities of Central America. Born in Nicaragua, she was raised in El Salvador and considers herself a political exile of that country.

Her most recent book of poetry published in 1999, Sorrow, was written after the death of her long-time collaborator, translator and husband, Darwin Flakoll. The tone in these poems is bittersweet, coming from love, grief and solitude and a yearning beyond sorrow. She also writes of the peace she achieved after the recognition that a triumph over sadness is possible. Even her other poems that give voice to the victims of dictatorships and death squads are love poems to the land and the people where she was nurtured.

Alegría has published 40 books including 14 books of poetry, nine of which are available in English, four short novels and a book of children’s stories. Her books have been translated into English, French, Dutch and Polish. Her poems have been translated into 14 languages.

For more information, call Josefa Salmón, Ph.D., 865-2692. Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912.