Episode 9: Chilean author & poet Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes

Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes  talks about her different literary projects and how Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda inspired her to write from a very young age; and she shares three beautiful poems. 

“Sometimes I feel as if I have a volcano of words and they need to just come out; and some of them can burn people or can burn myself but I feel whatever it is inside me… I want to express it in writing.”

Episode 8: Author & poet Isabel del Río

AuthorIsabel del Río talks about her recent poetry book The Moon at the end of my street, the process of writing, and shares some of her poetry.

“I don’t normally look for inspiration. I’m a great believer in sitting and writing. Some famous writer said ‘the cloth of your trousers should be stuck to the cloth of the chair’ so that means that you sit there and you write.”

Bonus episode:

Author Isabel del Rio shares the short story Countdown from her book Zero Negative

Photo by Brayan López Garzón.

Episode 3: The Maids of Havana by Pedro Pérez-Sarduy

On Literary South’s third episode, listeners sent questions about The Maids of Havana for the author Pedro Pérez-Sarduy.

The Maids of Havana explores the complexities of race, gender and class in Cuba; it is told from the perspective of Marta, a black single mother from Santa Clara who sees herself forced to leave her children with her sister and move to Havana finding work as a maid for rich white families.

Halfway through the book a new character is introduced: Gracielita, whose mother is a close friend of Marta. Gracielita migrated to the United States through the infamous Mariel boatlift.  Once there, Gracielita hopelessly collides with the social values of North America, particularly racial relations.

 

 

 

Episode 2: Storyteller Jorge Naranjo

On the second episode of Literary South, author Jorge Naranjo reads an excerpt in Spanish from his short story Juan y la Muerte (Juan and the Death) which is part of the book Fantasmas, Amor y Más.

While talking about his solo bike ride through Latin America, Jorge reads an early draft in Spanish of a short story dedicated to his bike, which he calls La Burra (The Donkey).

 

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Film The Bicycle Thief

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