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Perspectives from Havana in a Year of Covid and Embargo. Poet and Writer Nancy Morejón (Week 4 of 5)

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May 4, 2021 @ 8:19 PM – 9:19 PM
2021-05-04T20:19:00-07:00
2021-05-04T21:19:00-07:00

Perspectives from Havana in a Year of Covid and Embargo – A Series of Weekly Conversations

What has Cuba been like in the past year?
What is like now?
What have been the major challenges and achievements?

Like the rest of the world, Havana and Cuba have just completed the first full year of Covid 19.  It has done so with the full force of the U.S. embargo on its neck, including additional measures enacted by the Trump administration and so far not modified or removed by the Biden administration.  What has Havana been like the past year?  What is it like now? What have been the major challenges and achievements?

CODEPINK is joining Massachusetts Peace Action, Center for Cuban Studies, Latin American Solidarity Coalition of Western Massachusetts and other organizations to explore these and other questions with 5 leading voices from Cuba

Perspectives from Havana in a Year of Covid and Embargo. Poet and Writer Nancy Morejón (Week 4 of 5)

Nancy Morejón is one of the foremost voices in Cuban poetry today, as well as a well known essayist. She has received a number of prizes for her work, including the National Prize for Literature and in 2021 the National Alejo Carpentier Award.   She was the director of the Cuban Academy of Languages from 2012 to 2016. She was President of the Writers Association of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) from between 2008 and 2012.  Starting with her first book of poems, Mutismos,in 1962, she has published a large body of poetry both in Cuba and internationally. She is considered the most important disseminator of the work of Cuban National poet Nicolás Guillén. She has traveled abroad widely to present her work, participate in international events, and teach. At present, she is an advisor to the Casa de las Américas and director of the magazineUnión, of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba.  Additional awards including the Yari-Yari Contemporary Poetry Award (New York University 2004), the Struga Golden Crown Award (Poetry Nights Festival, Macedonia, 2006), and the Rafael Alberti Prize (XII International Poetry Festival, Havana, 2007).  In 2009, the Cergy-Pontoise University in Paris awarded her an Honorary Doctorate.

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