Campus News

Cuban Poet to Speak at Bowdoin

Story posted November 15, 1997

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Cuban poet Heberto Padilla will give a reading and lead a discussion group on Monday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. in Daggett Lounge, Wentworth Hall, Bowdoin College.

The event, presented in both Spanish and English, is open to the public free of charge.

Padilla has used his poetry to try and evoke social change as an outspoken critic of Fidel Castro's regime in Cuba. In 1971, after continued attacks on the Castro government, he was arrested, beaten and imprisoned. He was forced to recant his views in public, and placed at various times under house arrest or in forced labor camps.

In 1980, Castro allowed Padilla to leave the country. He now teaches, translates and edits a magazine for Cuban writers in exile.

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