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KJCC Poetry Series | Entre Sillas y Estrellas: Featuring Peruvian Poet Rossella di Paolo and Chilean Poet and Screenwriter Malú Urriola

Venue: KJCC Auditorium • 53 Washington Square South

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Entre sillas y Estrellas: Featuring Peruvian poet Rossella di Paolo and Chilean poet and screenwriter Malú Urriola.

Sponsored by NYU MFA Creative Writing in Spanish Program.

In Spanish / Reception to follow

Free and Open to the Public. Id required at the door.



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(Picture: Malú Arriola & Rossella di Paolo)

Malú Arriola’s work has appeared in anthologies including 16 poetas chilenos (Santiago: Ediciones Cámara Chile, 1987). She participated with other Latin American writers in the Guía del Nuevo Siglo, edited by Julio Ortega (Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1998). In 2004 she received the Premio Mejores Obras Editadas del Consejo Nacional del libro and the Premio Municpal de Poesía for the book Nada (Santiago: LOM, 2003). In 2006 she won the Premio Pablo Neruda. In 2009 she was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. In 2013 is invited to participate in Transversal Poetics: Workshop on Translation and Transcreation of Latin American Poetry, at Harvard University. In 2015 she inaugurated the multimedia work The light that blinds me with the photographer Paz Errázuriz at the Venice Biennale. In 2017 is invited to launch his book Exquisite Corps in the book Fair of Zócalo, Mexico.

Rossella Di Paolo was born in Lima in 1960. She studied Literature in Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and worked as Literature teacher in various colleges.

In Lima she has published five books of poetry: Prueba de galera (Antares, 1985; Paracaídas, 2017), Continuidad de los cuadros (Antares, 1988), Piel alzada (Colmillo Blanco, 1993), Tablillas de San Lázaro (Fondo Editorial de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2001) and La silla en el mar (Peisa, 2016), which won the Luces Prize of Poetry 2016, sponsored by El Comercio newspaper.

La silla en el mar (2016) are poems in homage to Herman Melville´s Moby Dick (1851) and Bartleby the Scrivener (1853). The admiration for the motionless Bartleby inspired Di Paolo to write poems about him, but also about his opposite, Captain Ahab and his unstoppable persecution of the White Whale. The poems are also critical of the passion for constant change and movement in our contemporary life.