National Book Award Winner Daniel Borzutzky to Speak at LMC

BENTON TOWNSHIP, MICH. – Award winning Chicago Poet, Daniel Borzutzky will give a presentation at Lake Michigan College’s Benton Harbor Campus on Wednesday, October 2, from 2-3 p.m. in the Blue Lecture Hall.

The presentation is titled “Investigative Poetics: Poetry and Translation from Chicago to Chile.” Borzutzky won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2016 for his collection, “The Perfomance of Becoming Human,” which draws connections between the United States and Latin America, touching on issues of immigration, political violence and economic disparity.

Daniel Borzutzky is an Assistant Professor in the English and Latin American and Latino Studies Departments at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a poet and translator from Spanish. His poetry collections include Lake Michigan, a finalist for the 2019 Griffin International Poetry Prize; and The Performance of Becoming Human, winner of the 2016 National Book Award.

His other books include In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy; Memories of my Overdevelopment; and The Book of Interfering Bodies. His translation of Galo Ghigliotto’s Valdivia received the 2017 ALTA National Translation Award. He has translated books by other Chilean poets, including Raúl Zurita and Jaime Luis Huenún. His work has been supported by the NEA; the Illinois Arts Council and the PEN AMERICA Foundation.

Daniel Borzutzky’s appearance is part of the “Why Writers Write” Professional Writers Speaking Series from The Writing Center at Lake Michigan College.

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