Ernesto Cardenal, world-renowned Nicaraguan poet

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Photo of Ernesto Cardenal
A bilingual reading and rare Bay Area appearance by one of the outstanding poets at work in the world. Ernesto Cardenal will be the featured guest artist for the Flor y Canto Festival at Brava Theater. At 90 years old, Cardenal recently published his latest volume of 90 new poems in his home country, Nicaragua. $12 - $20.
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives, Flor y Canto Festival
Brava Theater
415-641-7657 extension 1
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Cardenal was born in Nicaragua and attended both the University of Mexico and Columbia University in New York. A former Catholic priest who studied in Kentucky with the scholar, poet and Trappist monk Thomas Merton, Cardenal has been involved in the tumultuous political scene in Nicaragua, and Central America generally, since the 1960s. He was minister of culture in Nicaragua from 1979 to 1988 — a post for which he was publicly reprimanded by the Vatican — and co-founded the Casas de las Tres Mundos, a literary and cultural organization based in Nicaragua.

Cardenal recognizes that poetry and art are closely tied to politics, and has used his poetry to protest the encroachments of outsiders in Nicaragua, supporting the revolution that overthrew President Somoza in 1979. Cardenal continues to be a political figure both in Nicaragua and abroad. He has criticized the ruling government in Nicaragua and the current incarnation of the Sandinista Party.

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