On April 2nd at 3pm in Taylor Hall , room 203, Equatoguinean writer, poet, and blogger Juan Tomas Ávila Laurel will be delivering a poetry reading. Ávila Laurel is one of the most prominent voices of post-colonial AfroHispanic Literature. Profoundly committed to his country and explorations of the African identity, as he demonstrated with his hunger strike in 2011 —an act of political protest to claim justice and democracy in Equatorial Guinea, his work confronts the effects of colonialism as well as his ambivalent post-colonial condition as an African-European intellectual. In his last novel, Cuando a Guinea se iba por mar (2019) Ávila returns to the colonial past of his country through the journey of a Spanish visitor in search of an obscure secret.
The reading is sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies, Environmental Studies, Africana Studies and will be in Spanish, with translation.
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