The McMullen Museum welcomes prize-winning Cuban poet and writer Juana Rosa Pita. A friend of Rafael Soriano, Pita will read her poetry inspired by the artist and discuss her work among the Soriano’s works in the Daley Family and Monan Galleries.
Juana Rosa Pita (b. Havana, Dec. 8,1939) is a poet, writer, editor and translator. Having left Cuba in 1961, she began her journey as a poet in 1974, successively in Washington, Madrid, New Orleans, Miami and Boston, where she has resided since 2005. Awarded in 1975 the First Prize of Poetry for Latin America from the ICH of Málaga, she has since then published 27 books of poetry, among them: El arca de los sueños (1978), Viajes de Penélope (1980), Plaza sitiada (1987), Sorbos de luz/Sips of Light (1990), Una estación en tren (1994) –‘Premio Letras de Oro’ (1993)–, Tela de concierto (1999), El ángel sonriente/ L’angelo sorridente (2013), Leggendario ‘entanglement’ (2015), and Se desata el milagro/ Si scatena ilmiracolo (2016). For her body of work, she has received prizes such as the ‘Premio Internazionale Ultimo Novecento’ (Pisa, 1985). Extensively studied and translated into five languages, her poems have been featured in anthologies such as New Directions in Prose and Poetry 49 (New York,1985); translated by Donald D. Walsh; and Otra Cuba secreta (Madrid, 2011).
The Juana Rosa Pita poetry reading takes place on Thursday, April 27 at the McMullen Museum of Art. Showtime is 6:30 PM.