"American Literature was founded by losers! Perhaps that is why there is now such an obsession with success."
Horacio Castellanos Moya's writing and speech are characterized by an acerbic wit that occasionally gets him in trouble-not that he necessarily minds.
"We live in very empty times, so you look for someone to fill your emptiness, and some people read fiction looking for truth, for a kind of salvation, which is why a writer like Paulo Coelho is so popular," he tells Sampsonia Way. Phrases like this one endear Castellanos to his fans and make him enemies at the same time.
In this interview he doesn't mince words as he talks about the violence of his home country, his three novels translated into English, and what the concept of success means for him as a writer.
Songs of Rage and Tenderness
Also read an exclusive profile of Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of 14 collections of poetry. Despite bearing witness to racism, war, and violence over the past six decades, he still reserves a resilient hope for America.
Komunyakaa's poetry often weaves together elements from his own life-including memories of serving in the Vietnam War and living in the South during the Civil Rights Movement-with the rhythms and language of jazz.
September 11th's Jazz Poetry Concert is a unique opportunity to see Yusef Komunyakaa and Horacio Castellanos Moya read backed by Oliver Lake's Big Band. It is sure to be an unforgettable experience, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh.
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