The Poetry of Sports & the Sport of Poetry: POET-TREE 2015
This collection brings together visual and literary works contributed by writers across the Americas for the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games community Ignite project “Poet-Tree 2015.” The selection contains original and never-before-published poems by 31 poets from 14 different countries, including Miguel Avero (Uruguay), Andrés Bazzano (Uruguay), Evgueni Bezzubikoff (Peru), José Cantero Verni (Argentina), Dider Castro (Colombia), Martín Cerisola (Uruguay), Roberto Cruz Arzabal (Mexico), Andrea Durlacher (Uruguay), Ernesto Estrella Cózar (US/Spain), Kela Francis (Trinidad and Tobago), Paola Gómez Restrepo (Colombia/Canada), Gustavo Gómez Rial (Uruguay), David Hernández (El Salvador), Hoski (Uruguay), Leonardo Lesci (Uruguay), Lasana Lukata (Brazil), Irene Marques (Portugal/Canada), Santiago Pereira (Uruguay), Néstor Rodríguez (Dominican Republic), Dan Russek (Canada), Carmen Urioste de Azcorra (Spain/US), Enrique Winter (Chile), Ed Woods (Canada). Also featured are the voices of young writers: York University students Karolina Bednarek (Canada) and Susel Muñoz (Cuba-Canada); high school student Sebastian Vinasco-Lasso (Canada); and seven-year old Yuri Albano (Brazil). Translations from Spanish, English, Portuguese, French were realized by Catherine Marinoni, Bruce Bartra and Maria Figueredo and by some poets who translated their own works. Toronto: York University Press, 2015. 68 pages. ISBN: 978-1-77221-027-9.
This book was the final piece of a multi-work installation and print arts project created and coordinated by Dr. Maria Figueredo of the Spanish Program at York University from January to August 2015. The public poetry installation project, with online and on site components (see YouTube video now, visit us on Facebook: @POETREE201), and hosted related events as part of an Ignite community project for the Toronto 2015 Pan American / Parapan American Games. The project brought together contributions from students, faculty and staff at York University as well as community members in Canada and abroad. Its print volume includes poems by students of the Spanish Program of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University, such as Susel Muñoz and Karolina Bednarek, and by Sebastian Vinasco-Lasso who participated in the Poet-Tree 2015 workshop held by Prof. Figueredo at (CERLAC) the Centre for Research on Latin American and the Caribbean’s “Young Amautas of the Americas” Youth Summer Program in July 2015. This young poet was recently honoured again for his achievement in being published at such a young age, as part of the closing ceremony for the third iteration of the Young Amautas program hosted by CERLAC on July 21, 2017.
Author: Maria L. Figueredo