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Nancy Morejon

Estévez, Always Walking on the Grass

November 13, 2012

Nancy Morejón, a celebrated essayist, critic, editor, journalist and translator, is renowned principally as one of the most distinguished women poets of Cuba and the first Afro-Cuban recipient of Cuba’s National Prize for Literature. She visited the University of Missorui campus as part of the international conference Cultural Bricolage: Artist Books of Cuba’s Ediciones Vigía in November 2012. Morejón’s work, translated into more than 15 languages, has received widespread attention in the U.S., Europe and the rest of the Americas. Ediciones Vigía created several “hand-built” editions of her poetry. In addition to discussing her views on Vigía’s creative interpretations of her poetry, Morejón will be reading some of her work at the conference. Critics have been practically unanimous in stating that Nancy Morejón as an Afro-Cuban woman poet had no predecessors. Until her work appeared, the Latin American black woman writer had been in darkness and silence, ostracized not only in Cuba but in the rest of Spanish America. From Jamaica to Guadeloupe and Cuba to Brazil and Uruguay, the phenomenon of women poets began to appear. Morejón initiated and established a tradition of Afro-Hispanic feminist poetry.