KJCC Poetry Series: Binomio, a dialogue between Spanish poet Esther Ramón and Chilean narrator Lina Meruane
Venue: KJCC Auditorium // 53 Washington Sq. South, NYC
Reception to Follow
Esther Ramón and Lina Meruane have been friends for more than twenty years. For the first time they are featured together: they will read their work, talk about their creative processes, about their visions of prose and poetry and the relationships between both genres and other artistic forms.
Esther Ramón (Madrid, 1970) is a poet, critic, and professor of creative writing and comparative literature at the Autonomous University of Madrid. She has published the poetry collections Tundra (Igitur, 2002), Reses (Trea, Critical Eye Award 2008), Grisú (Trea, 2009), Sales (Amargord, 2011), Caza con hurones (Icaria, 2013), Desfrío (Varasek, 2014), Morada (Calambur, 2015), and en flecha (Ediciones La Palma, 2017). Selections of her work have been included in many anthologies.
As a literarty critic she has published in Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos, Revista de Libros, Archipiélago, Ínsula, Quimera and El Crítico. She has taught at Bates College, New York University, La Casa Encendida, Talleres de Escritura Fuentetaja, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Fundación Tomillo, Escuela Complutense (Madrid), Universidad Menéndez Pelayo and Fundación Centro de Poesía José Hierro, where she still teaches. Ramón was the host of Radio Círculo’s program Definición de savia.
Her poems have been translated into French, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Arab, Portuguese and Romanian.
Born in Santiago, Chile, Lina Meruaneis of Palestinian and Italian descent. She started writing as a storyteller and cultural journalist. In 1997 she received a writing grant from the National Fund for Cultural Development and the Arts (FONDART) to finish her first book of stories. The following year she published Las infantas. Meruane published two more novels before leaving for New York to do her doctorate studies in Spanish-American literature at New York University. In the United States she received a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2004 (for the novel Fruta Podrida), and another in 2010 from the National Endowment for the Arts (for Sangre en el ojo). In 2011 she received the Anna Seghers-Preis, and the following year she won the 20th Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Award for Sangre en el ojo, during the Guadalajara International Book Fair, with a jury made up of the writers Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Antonio Ortuño, and Cristina Rivera Garza.
She currently teaches Latin American literature and cultures at New York University. She was the founder and director of the independent label Brutas Editoras, which published books from Santiago and Manhattan.