Cuban Writer Victor Fowler: Bilingual Poetry Reading


Location: Hesburgh Center Auditorium

Reception before reading in Hesburgh Center Atrium: 5:15-6:00 

Victor Fowler

Fowler is one of the most important writers of his generation. Born in 1960 to an Afro-Cuban family, he belongs to the first generation of writers born in Revolutionary Cuba. This was the generation that was supposed to provide the nation with what Che Guevara called the “new man.” In reality, this expectation was not fulfilled—few adopted the morals of Revolutionary life out of disinterested altruism. In fact, most of the writers of Fowler’s generation have gone into exile. In contrast, Fowler has remained on the island, and has published 10 volumes of poetry and 5 of essays, in addition to a number of edited volumes and important collaborations. He has broken new ground in Cuban letters with extensive essays on the body, race and sexuality. His poetry, rich and allusive, gives us a window onto the complex realities of life in revolutionary Cuba.

Fowler will give a reading of his poetry on Monday, October 12, at 6 p.m., at the Hesburgh Center Auditorium. Professor Ben A. Heller will read translations. There will be a reception beforehand in the Hesburgh Center Atrium. 


This event is made possible in part by support from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Fernández Funds, andthe Fernández Caribbean Initiative, the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Sturtevant Fund of the Creative Writing Program.

For more information please see the article in the October 12, 2014 South Bend Tribune, at: "Cuban poet reads at ND" by Howard Dukes.