Join us in commemorating the 100th anniversary of Guadalupe (Pita) Amor, one of the most celebrated Mexican poets of the 20th century. In this multidisciplinary event, Carmen Boullosa, Beatriz Espejo, Michael K. Schuessler, Jean Graham Jones and more guests will share anecdotes, images and, most importantly, some of Pita’s most acclaimed verses.
This gathering has been conceived as a long-overdue tribute to an iconoclastic Mexican poet and personage. Author of several renowned books of poetry, one novel and a collection of distinctive short stories, Pita Amor was also a unique and, at times, notorious figure in Mexico’s cultural landscape of the second half of the 20th century. On the one hand, she was widely celebrated for her metaphysical verse, likened to that of the great mystics of Spain’s Golden Age, while on the other, she was censured for her oftentimes audacious and “unbecoming” behavior, which would at times overshadow the importance of her literary oeuvre. For this special occasion, some of Pita’s best connoisseurs will gather in an effort to reveal how, during her lifetime, Guadalupe Amor was, in fact, the most celebrated Mexican poet after her much-admired “Tenth Muse”, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
This program is supported by the Center of Mexican Studies and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University.