Peru’s Underground / American Avant-Garde: Kloaka and the Beat Generation

Peru’s Underground / American Avant-Garde: Kloaka and the Beat Generation

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Admission: FREE for Americas Society Members; $10.00 for non-members.

This opening event for the Americas Society’s Spring 2014 Literature season will feature Peruvian poets Mariela Dreyfus and Roger Santiváñez and U.S. poet Anne Waldman—associated with the Beat writers, and who worked closely with Allen Ginsberg—who will read from their latest books. The reading will underscore the counterpoint of two poetry movements—the American Beat Generation of the 1950s and the Peruvian Kloaka movement of the 1980s—in order to understand the influence of both on their respective cultures and to create a poetic synergy for the present and beyond. Scheduled for the Spring Solstice, the program will celebrate poetic culture as an expression of non-violence and, in particular, the respective new titles by all three poets—Dreyfus’s Pez/Fish (Nirala), Santiváñez’s Roberts Pool Crepúsculos (Hipocampo), and Waldman’s Gossamurmur (Penguin). Translators E.M. O’Connor and Elsa Costa will also participate. A book-signing will follow the reading, in collaboration with Posman Books. In English with bilingual readings.

The Kloaka Movement was founded in Lima, Peru in 1982 by poets Mariela Dreyfus and Roger Santiváñez, who both decided to initiate a state of poetic revolt by creating a new language for Peruvian poetry and, if possible, for Latin American poetry as a whole. The two writers were heavily influenced by what Octavio Paz called “the tradition of rupture.” In addition, they were shaped by Rimbaud, Surrealism, European avant-garde movements, Colombian nadaísmo, Mexican infrarealismo nadaísmo, the rebirth of Anglo-Saxon modernism, the Beat movement, hippiedom and punk rock. The Kloaka Movement also explored the roots of Andean Quechua culture.

“…Naked, wounded, poignant…this masterful poem…”
—Raúl Zurita (on Mariela Dreyfus’s Pez)

“One of today’s most important Latin American poets.”
Apiary magazine (on Roger Santiváñez)

“In Gossamurmur we see a master poet in the throes of the performance of a lifetime.”
—Eileen Myles (on Anne Waldman’s Gossamurmur)

Mariela Dreyfus (Lima, 1960) is the author of six volumes of poetry, including Morir es un arte (2010), Cuaderno músico (2014), and Pez (2005; Fish, 2014). She has recently translated the anthology An August Snow and Other Poems/Nieve de agosto y otros poemas (2014) by Daniel Thomas Moran. She teaches poetry and literary translation at the MFA program in Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University.

Roger Santiváñez (Piura, 1956) is a Peruvian-born poet who received his Ph.D. at Temple University. He currently belongs to the Neo-Baroque movement of Latin American Poetry. Santiváñez is the author of the poetry collections Amaranth (2010) and Virtu/Roberts Pool Crepúsculos (2013). He teaches at Temple University, Drexel University and Immaculata University.

Anne Waldman was born in 1945 and grew up in Greenwich Village. World-renowned for her high-energy poetry performances, she is the author of over 40 books of poetry. She is the co-founder and director of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Her most recent publications are Gossamurmur (2013) and Jaguar Harmonics: Person Woven of Tesserae (2014). Waldman is a Guggenheim Fellow for 2013-14.


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