Poet, social activist Roger Santiváñez to lecture on violence, literature in Peru

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities will host Peruvian poet and social activist Roger Santiváñez Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Clark Hall Room 206. Santiváñez’s lecture is titled “Violence and Literature in Contemporary Peru.”

One of the best-known Latin American poets, his books include Amaranth preceded Amastris, published in 2010, and his latest, Roberts Pool Crepusculos (Roberts Pool Twilight), released in 2011.

Santiváñez was one of the directors of the underground movement Kloaka, which attracted artists and writers amid the most difficult years of contemporary Peruvian history, when the population endured the guerrilla organization Shining Path’s violence and the state- and military-sponsored repressive response. He received his doctorate from Temple University.

This event is free and open to the public.