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February 22, 2016

Sepúlveda publishes book on Latin American poets in historical context

poets on the edgeBrown Walker Press just published Poets on the Edge: Vicente Huidobro, César Vallejo, Juan Luis Martínez, and Néstor Perlongher by Senior instructor Jesús Sepúlveda in a 200-page edition on January 2016 with cover art by Chilean artist Ivo Vergara.

Poets on the Edge critically explores the relationship between poetry and its context through the work of four Latin American poets: Chilean Vicente Huidobro (1898-1948), Peruvian César Vallejo (1893-1938), Chilean Juan Luis Martínez (1943-1993), and Argentine Néstor Perlongher (1949-1992). While Huidobro and Vallejo establish their poetics on the edge in the context of worldwide conflagrations and the emergence of the historical avant-garde during the first half of the twentieth century, Martínez and Perlongher produce their work in the context of the Chilean and Argentine dictatorships respectively, developing different strategies to overcome the panoptic societies of control installed throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. Martínez recreates the avant-garde tradition in a playful manner to avoid censorship and also proposes a philosophical poetics to stage a utopian project oriented toward redesigning the house of civilization that has fallen apart. Perlongher unfolds his peculiar Neobaroque sensitivity in order to reshape the complex Latin American identities, culminating his poetic project with two collections written under the influence of ayahuasca-based ceremonies. Poets on the Edge offers the reader a new understanding of the hybrid and edgy nature of Latin American poetics and subjectivity as well as of the evolution of poetry written in Spanish during the twentieth century.

The book is available at the UO bookstore, Amazon, as well as at the publishing house website. Stay tuned for a book party!

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January 19, 2016

Jesús Sepúlveda reads at International Festival in Bali, Indonesia

Chilean poet Jesús Sepúlveda and Balinese poet Samar Gantang

Chilean poet Jesús Sepúlveda and Balinese poet Samar Gantang

Between November 26th and December 1st 2015, ten poets were invited to participate in the Tabanan International Poetry Festival in Bali, Indonesia. Poet and Senior Instructor of Spanish Composition, Creative Writing and Poetry, Jesús Sepúlveda, was one of them. During the festival poets from four continents met and discussed issues related to poetry and their distinctive poetic traditions while performing poetry readings in their original languages with simultaneous translation into Indonesian for a Balinese audience composed of community members, students, poets, and occasional passers-by.

The Grand Opening of the event consisted in a procession through the streets of Denpasar—Bali’s capital—where poets paraded, carrying a banner with the pictures of all poets. A band that played Gamelan Balinese traditional music accompanied the poets while police stopped traffic and escorted the group of poets and musicians to the main stage. People assembled on sidewalks cheering the poets while giant posters announcing the festival were hanging from buildings and homes. At the end of the day, German poet Michael Augustin wrote: “poetry can stop cars!”

Sepúlveda had the opportunity to meet renowned Javanese poet and feminist scholar, Toedi Heraty, who invited the group to celebrate her 82th birthday at one of her beautiful homes. He also met the national Balinese poet and shaman, Samar Gantang, whose epic poems are rooted in Balinese culture and are performed with Gamelan music and masked dancers interpreting the different characters and scenes of the poems. This style of performative poetry is already a poetic school in Bali and Samar Gantang’s reputation is vibrant and emulated by Balinese youth.

Poets Muhammad Salleh, Vonani Bila, Aurélia Lassaque, Jesús Sepúlveda, and Michael Augustin

Poets Muhammad Salleh, Vonani Bila, Aurélia Lassaque, Jesús Sepúlveda, and Michael Augustin

Another highlight of the week was the poetry readings at the 16th century Tanah Lot Temple in the Wantilan area. Once there, and before the reading and the spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean, poets were asked to sign their names on separate plaques, so they could be engraved in a holy rock placed in the garden of the Hindu temple. Organizers and authorities envisioned this tribute as an opportunity for future visitors to admire the calligraphy of poet’s signatures melted into the beauty of the landscape and the sacred atmosphere of the place.

During the festival poets also visited schools, experienced Balinese culture and cuisine, and trekked the rice paddies of beautiful, utopian, and green land surrounding Jatiluwih village in the plateau of Watukaru Mount—one of the most iconic and traditional areas in Bali.   In this excursion, poets learned about the ecologically sustainable irrigation system of canals and weirs called Subak that dates back to the 9th century while drinking red rice tea and eating fresh fruit from the organic gardens.

Poets also taught and learned from each other, expanding their expertise and poetic craft while creating an international network of poetry. Malaysian poet Muhammad Salleh shared with his fellow poets the tradition of Pantun—a Malay literary form from 15th century—while Indian poet Sujata Bhatt read her intimate poetry about her displacements and reminiscences of her mother tongue. Mozambique-born poet and professor Lucas Mkuti presented an anthology of poetry from around the world Sweep of the Violin, whose title comes from a poem by Javanese poet and festival organizer, Dorothea Rosa Herliany. The whole group traveled throughout the island in a van driven “Balinese style,” visiting cultural sites and talking in Balinese, Indonesian, Malay, English, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish.

Poet Jesús Sepúlveda reading at the Tabanan main square

Poet Jesús Sepúlveda reading at the Tabanan main square

On the last night, five poets read their work at the main Tabanan plaza, Alit Saputra, in front of 15,000 people in the context of the city’s celebration of its 522 years. South African poet Vonani Bila, German poet Bastian Boettcher, French poet Aurélia Lassaque, Balinese poet Samar Gantang, and Chilean poet Jesús Sepúlveda read their poetry on the main stage, while a giant screen showed their readings to the public and the cameras televised the event live on Indonesian national TV.   This was certainly a climactic ending to the festival, which remained in the national and local news even days after poets returned home.

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August 2, 2015

Sepúlveda presents book of poetry at NY Public Library


sepulvedaJesús Sepúlveda presented his latest book of poetry, entitled Secoya at the New York Public Library on June 22, 2015.

About fifty people gathered on a Monday evening to hear poetry in Spanish at the Fifth Avenue landmark building. The event, called “Noche vestida de versos,” was a poetry reading organized by Sudaquia Editores and the New York Public Library.  Along with Sepúlveda, poets Enrique Winter, Raquel Adend van Dalen, and Juan Luis Landaeta also read their works.

Sepúlveda’s Secoya was recently published by Sudaquia Editores—a publishing house based in the US, which is breaking ground by publishing contemporary authors in Spanish.  A lively discussion and book signing followed the reading.


March 7, 2015

Jesús Sepúlveda reads at International Festival of Poetry in Nicaragua

sepulveda leonThe colonial city of Granada in Nicaragua just celebrated its XI International Festival of Poetry from February 15 to 21, 2015. Chilean poet and RL senior instructor, Jesús Sepúlveda, was invited to participate, alongside 120 other poets from over 50 countries. This was an extraordinary week of multilingual poetry readings and festivities. Sepúlveda read selected poems from his recent anthology, Poemas de un Bárbaro, on the main stage Plaza de la Independencia on Tuesday evening in front of an audience of thousands. On Thursday, Sepúlveda and five other international poets from Brazil, China, Belgium, the Philippines, and Germany were invited to visit the city of León where they read in the house (now a museum) of national poet Rubén Darío. The readings were transmitted on TV and made the front pages of the papers. Every night, poetry readings were followed by events celebrating Nicaragua’s artistic culture: craft fairs, folkloric dances, classical and popular musical concerts.

sepulveda granadaAnother highlight was Wednesday’s colorful carnival dedicated to peace and to putting an end to violence against women. A float with a stage stopped at various corners of the city and selected poets read to the crowd of revelers. High school students in white and blue uniforms ran from poet to poet for autographs. The festival took place in the midst of a controversy about the wisdom of building a canal linking the Atlantic and the Pacific through Nicaragua’s jungle and its huge fresh water lake. The festival remains neutral but renowned 90 year-old Nicaragua’s poet and artist Ernesto Cardenal voiced his opposition by unfolding a map of the country and reading poems celebrating the beauty and fragility of Lake Nicaragua’s unique ecosystem and its archipelago of islands. Poets were treated to a day-long excursion on one of these “isletas,” the gorgeous Isla Ceiba, also known as the “Island of Poets”.

sepulveda granada 2Granada estimates the festival draws around 50,000 tourists. The beauty of this historical city founded in 1524, the enthusiasm of the public, the unforgettable welcome of dozens of volunteer college students, the generosity of the organizing committee, and the friendship struck among poets made the festival an exhilarating and moving experience. In gratitude, Sepúlveda donated his book to Granada’s public library, housed in the convent San Francisco where Bartolomé de las Casas stayed in 1536 and which is now home to pre-Columbian sculptures and art.   Sepúlveda comments:

This festival is a unique celebration of poetry in the continent. It isn’t just a great event because of its magnitude but because of its impact in society. For seven days poetry was the protagonist of social and private life—it was in the news, on the streets, in the virtual world, and at home. I personally met and talked with poets from all over the world: Europe, Australia, the Middle East, India, Nepal, Taiwan as well as from the US and Latin America. Reading along with Nicaraguan poet Gioconda Belli and Argentine poet Jorge Ariel Madrazo was an honor for me. However, the most remarkable thing was to read my poetry in front of almost three thousand people who sat and listened to each line attentively while two big screens transmitted the reading for the distant audience. That was an experience I will never forget. But I will never forget either that Nicaragua—one of the poorest county in the American continent—is so generous and welcoming. People of Nicaragua love poetry and honor poets like anywhere else. And that’s an example that industrialized societies need to consider if we want to live in a more humane and genuine world.

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May 1, 2014

Poemas de un bárbaro by Jesús Sepúlveda reviewed by El Mercurio (Chile)

barbaroThe 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 ( [alternative link].




February 19, 2014

Sepúlveda reads from new books in tour of Chile

Sepulveda-ValparaisoSenior 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.

Sepulveda-La SerenaIn 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.

September 6, 2013

Sepúlveda Hosts Shamans on Campus

Rosalío Vázquez Carrillo, a Mexican Maraka’me, and his apprentice Marco Caturegli, visited Senior Instructor of Spanish Jesús Sepúlveda’s seminar, Literature and Shamanism (Spanish 407) on August 5th, 2013. A Maraka’ame is a spiritual guide—or shaman—among Wixarrika indigenous people—often known as Huichol. A Maraka’me performs healing ceremonies and is considered the messenger of the divine spirits in the Wixarrika traditional communities. The Wixarrica people are well known by their crafts and their yearly pilgrimage to the desert of Wirikuta in the state of San Luis Potosí, Central Mexico.

Students had the opportunity to hear a first-hand testimony of a traditional healer. Rosalío’s presentation and the Q&A session were conducted in Spanish.

September 13, 2011

Eugene Arte Latino Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Eugene Arte Latino invites the community in general to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month!  Thursday, September 15th at the Kesey Plaza (Willamette & Broadway, downtown Eugene) from 6-8pm.

The celebration will include Eugene’s Mayor Kitty Piercy, miriachi, charreria, art, poetry, traditional dances, and traditional music.  RL faculty member Jesús Sepúlveda will be reading his poetry 6:15pm.  Don’t Miss it!

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