Held on October 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Room A300 of the Centre for Excellence, “La voz sonora de las Américas” is an evening of literary readings (in English, French and Spanish) by well-known authors from the Americas: George Elliott Clarke, Ricardo Sternberg, Rowley Jeffrey, Alejandro Saravia, and Juan Pascual-Leone. Admission is free.
Revered poet and playwright George Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, near the Black Loyalist community of Three Mile Plains, in 1960. He is now the inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, but he also owns land in Nova Scotia. His many honours include the Portia White Prize for Artistic Achievement (1998), Governor-General’s Award for Poetry (2001), the National Magazine Gold Medal for Poetry (2001), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2004), the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction (2006), the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (2009), appointment to the Order of Nova Scotia (2006), appointment to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer (2008), and eight honorary doctorates. He is the author of several books of poetry, including his latest, Traverse (Exile Editions, 2014), but his writings extend to several genres: drama, screenplays, libretti, fiction, and scholarly essays.
Poet and novelist Alejandro Saravia was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He lives in the province of Quebec since 1986, where he works as a journalist. His works include: Ejercicio de serpientes (1994) and La brújula desencadenada (1996), both published by Editorial Hispanos de Toronto. He also published the novel Rojo, amarillo y verde (2003), the collections of poems Habitante del décimo territorio (2000), Oilixes helizados (1998), Lettres de Nootka (2008) and Jaguar con corazón en la mano (2010) with the help of Artifact Press, in Toronto, and the publishing house La Enana Blanca, in Montreal. His latest books, Cuarenta momentos chilenos and L’homme polyphonique were released in 2013 and 2014, respectively. His texts have appeared in various anthologies, magazines and newspapers in Canada and the United States of America. He received several awards and nominations for his work, including in the short story contest “Nuestra Palabra” (Toronto, Canada) and in the Ibero-American poetry contest “Neruda 100 años 1904-2004” (Temuco, Chile).
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, poet Ricardo Da Silveira Lobo Sternberg is a Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese of the University of Toronto. He completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Between 1975 and 1978, he was a Junior Fellow with the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. He has published four of his own collections of poetry: The Invention of Honey (Montreal: Vehicle Press, 1990, 1996), Map of Dreams (Montreal: Vehicle Press, 1996), Bamboo Church (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2003, 2006), and Some Dance (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2014). He has also published translations of poets such as Jorge de Lima, Carlos Drummond de Andrade and João Cabral de Melo Neto, as well as articles in a variety of academic journals, such as Luso-Brazilian Review, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Hispanofila, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies and others.
Born in Grenada, The West Indies, in 1941, Rowley Jeffrey started his career as a teacher before immigrating to Canada, where he obtained a BA Honours in Economics and Political Science at York University. In 2004, he obtained a Law degree from the University of Hertfordshire, in England. He continued teaching until he retired and is now living and writing in Canada. His first novel, Gems in the Cracks, was written in 2008 and it made the long list for the 2010 prestigious IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award in Ireland. He is now on the Board of Directors of the Grenada Boys’ Secondary School Alumni Association in Toronto and publishing his second novel, Who Sinned?, a gripping, soul-searching, and shocking emotional drama.
Poet Juan Pascual-Leone, a professor and scholar, is Co-director of the Developmental Processes Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at York University. In addition to being the author of many scholarly writings, Leone has followed his poetic inclination by focusing on what a critic labelled as "poetry of the quotidian". Many of his poems originally written in English, will be published early in 2015 accompanied by Spanish translations.
For more information, please contact Margarita Feliciano at 416-487-6787 or visit www.festivalofimagesandwords.ca.