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Acclaimed Cuban-American author speaks Nov. 4 and 5 at Appalachian

BOONE—Jose Kozer, the 2013 Pablo Neruda Ibero-American Poetry Award winner, will offer a bilingual poetry reading on Monday, Nov. 4, and an author talk Tuesday, Nov. 5, both at 7 p.m. in Belk Library and Information Common’s Room 114 at Appalachian State University.

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This event, sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the department at 828-262-3095.

Kozer was born in 1940 in Havana, Cuba, of Jewish parents who immigrated to Cuba from Poland (father) and Czechoslovakia (mother). He left his native land in 1960 and lived in New York until 1997, the year in which he retired as a full professor from Queens College, where he taught Spanish and Latin American literatures for 32 years. He now resides in Hallandale, Fla.

Kozer is the author of more than 60 books of poetry published by some of the most prestigious publishing companies in the Spanish-speaking world. His poetry has been partially translated to English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Hebrew and Greek. His work has been included in some of the most important anthologies in the world, including Norton, Gallimard (France) and Oxford University Press (England).

His work has been studied in many graduate and undergraduate courses, and is the object of several dissertations and monographic literary symposiums.

The New York-based Junction Press published a bilingual (Spanish/English) anthology of Kozer’s work titled “Stet: Selected Poems.” It was edited and translated by Mark Weiss. Shearman Editorial (England) published a bilingual edition of “Ánima,” translated into English by Peter Boyle. Ediciones Matanzas has just published his latest book of poems, “Índole,” with a critical study by Andrés Fisher, an assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.