Friday, December 1, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.



























The CCCNY closes its book cycle this season with Pablo Medina‘s Soledades. In his most recent poetry collection (Editorial Betania, 2017), the master poet defines the borders of his poetic development, from Góngora to Machado. The themes he tackles are born in language and end in nothing, the great awakening. Either we fall into the despair Nietzsche offers with his dead God, or we end our days dancing with a shipwrecked lamb. Pablo Medina’s poems embrace the concept of exile in its purest form.

In this New York City launching of his book, the author will be introduced by fellow Cuban poet and essayist Lourdes Gil, director of our Literature Program.

The presentation will be in Spanish.

25th Street, bet. Lexington and Third Aves., NYC

Free Admission
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PabloPablo Medina‘s work embodies the themes of history
and migration with passion, intelligence, and humor.
He is the author of sixteen books, among them the novels
The Cigar Roller and Cubop City Blues, the poetry collections
The Man Who Wrote on Water and The Island Kingdom,
and the memoir Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood.
His translations include García Lorca’s Poet in New York and
Alejo Carpentier’s The Kingdom of This World (forthcoming
Fall 2018).
Among his many awards are grants from the Rockefeller and
Guggenheim Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, he is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston.


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Lourdes Gil is a poet and essayist. Her poetry collections include Anima vagula and Empieza la ciudad, among others. Her poetry has been widely anthologized, and her essays on the art and literature of the Cuban diaspora have been included in several journals and encyclopedias. Her many awards include a writing fellowship from The Ford Foundation. She presently teaches Latin American history and culture
at Baruch College, CUNY.