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Last semester Spanish Major Delaney Swink lived in Chile, studying for the first half of this academic year at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. In Valparaiso she was able to get involved in the community, volunteering with an organization called Hogar de Cristo, distributing hot and ready meals to the homeless around the city, directly to the places they sleep on the streets, creating opportunity to speak with people and gain perspective.
At the end of the semester Swink traveled to the south of Chile to work with an NGO called Maple Microdevelopment (founded by UO alumni) to learn about their micro-lending organization. In just one week, Swink was able to participate in the day-to-day lives of three Mapuche (indigenous people from Chile) families, scraping the surface of understanding some of the issues they face, and observing firsthand how Maple is becoming an integral factor in helping Mapuche families revive their culture and develop their community in ways that fit their community goals. Maple was an inspiration to Swink, who says that it was
“a model for how I would want to run my own nonprofit if provided the opportunity; respect for the needs of the community above all.”
Read more about Swink’s experience in Chile:
The most recent collection of poetry by Jesús Sepúlveda, Poemas de un bárbaro (December, 2013), was reviewed in Revista de Libros of El Mercurio—the most important newspaper in Chile. Jessica Atal reviews this anthology of selected poems, suggesting that the collection is a “truly existential journey through original images, installing Sepúlveda as one of the most prominent voices of current Chilean poetry.” The review was published on Sunday, April 13, 2014 under the title “El pensamiento vivo de Jesús Sepúlveda” and it can be read in the section Noticias (news) of the publishing-house’s website (www.contragolpe-ediciones.cl) [alternative link].
Senior Instructor Jesús Sepúlveda traveled to his native Chile in December to present his most recent book of poetry, Poemas de un bárbaro (Santiago de Chile: Contragolpe Ediciones, 2013)—a 261-page anthology of his selected poems that covers almost 30 years of writing. He toured Santiago, Valparaíso, and La Serena to do poetry readings and talk to writers and the general public. He also presented his new book of aphorisms, Antiegótico (Viña del Mar: Nihil Obstat, 2013), and the reprint of the Chilean edition of his eco-anarchist essay El jardín de las peculiarides (Olmué: Nihil Obstat, 2011)—the second French edition of this essay was also reprinted last year in Paris by Aux Forges du Vulcain.
In January, he delivered a paper “El rito del viaje: Artaud y los tarahumaras” during the “VII International and Interdisciplinary Conference Alexander von Humboldt, Claudio Gay, and Ignacio Domeyko” at the University of Chile, where many scholars from the US, Latin America, and Europe participated. This paper is part of a larger project called Intoxicated Texts.
Professor of Spanish Juan Epple has published the collection of short-short stories Para
leerte mejor (Santiago, Chile: Mosquito, 2010). The collection includes series on Don Quijote, heart transplants, and blind love.
He has co-edited with Edson Faundez the selection of essays La casa del poeta no tiene
llave. La poesía de Omar Lara. Puebla, México: Territorio poético/Circulo de Poesía, 2011. These essays discusses the poetic work of a leading creative voices from Chile’s generation of the seventies.
Prof. Epple has been appointed to the Academic Committee of the Catedra Libre de Literatura Patagonica at the Universidd del Comahue, Neuquen, Argentina