Father Ernesto Cardenal, widely acknowledged as Latin America’s greatest living poet, will visit Loyola University Maryland on Tuesday, April 19, as part of a tour of 12 college and university campuses in the United States and Canada. Cardenal’s appearance, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6 p.m. in the Ridley Auditorium of the Loyola/Notre Dame Library at 200 Winston Ave.
“Father Cardenal has a way of integrating science and poetics into a literary creation that is at once profound and beautiful,” said Thomas Ward, Ph.D., professor of modern languages and literatures at Loyola and director of the University’s Latin American and Latino studies program.
At 86, Cardenal, twice a Nobel Prize nominee, is considered by many to be the leading candidate for the literature prize in 2012. This North American tour coincides with the release of his latest volume, The Origin of the Species and Other Poems, a meditation on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, as well as the U.S. release of the Mexican film Solentiname: Ernesto Cardenal. The film examines the story of this poet, priest, and revolutionary, who fought to bring down the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua.
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