BU welcomes award-winning Cuban poet

For Immediate Release:  April 13, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University will celebrate international poetry and culture on Monday and Tuesday, April 20 and 21, with the help of Cuban poet, Carlos Pintado. On Monday, April 20, Pintado will host an International Poetry Day event at 7:30 p.m.; on Tuesday, April 21, a symposium will be held on Cuba, the French and Spanish Caribbean, and the Hispanic World. All events will take place in Kehr Union, Multicultural Center.

In conjunction with Pintado’s Monday presentation, students and guests may read their poetry or a piece by their favorite author in English or another language.

On Tuesday, the symposium will meet in two sessions: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Audiences will have the opportunity to take part in discussions, watch documentaries and films on each of the cultures and participate in a creative writing workshop with Pintado at 11:30 a.m.

Pintado immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s. Poet Richard Blanco said, “The urgency and presence in Pintado’s poems feel as if the poet’s very life depended on writing them. They are possessed by a unique, intangible quality that arrests the reader and commands attention.”

Both the symposium and International Poetry Day are sponsored by the International Faculty Association, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Languages and Cultures and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.