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Segment 12:

Senior Producer: Maria Emilia Martin
Associates: Susan Leffler, Maria Flores

This segment concludes the series with a look at the myriad connections between the region and the United States, from the perspective of Central American artists.

This segment uses the spoken words of past and current Central American writers, poets, and singer-songwriters to give the listener a unique perspective into the Central American experience, past and present. Featured are Nicaraguan writer (and former vice-president Sergio Ramirez), the Nicaraguan/Salvadoran poet Claribel Alegria, and singer-songwriter Luis Enrique Mejia Godoy of Nicaragua.




For more information about the issues raised in the segment The Artists' View: Perspectives of Central American Artists, Musicians and Writers, see the following books and articles.

(Note: this is not intended as a complete list. Check back for more recommendations.)


General listing of writers/poets

Other Central American Authors

Costa Rica

Sergio Arroyo

Guatemala

Victor Montejo

Honduras

Raymon Amaya Amador

Nicaragua

Giocanda Belli
Ernesto Cardenal
Sergio Ramirez

El Salvador

Claribel Alegria
Manlio Argueta
Jacinta Escudos



Costa Rica


Sergio Arroyo

Website
Sergio Arroyo's blog Cenizas de Ornitorrinco (en español)



Guatemala


Victor Montejo
Jakaltek Maya from the Northwestern Highlands of Guatemala where he was a school teacher before coming to the United States

Website
Victor Montejo

Bibliography



Honduras


Ramˇn Amaya Amador
journalist, took exile in Guatemala in 1944, when Arbenz was overthrown, went to Argentina, 1957 returned to Honduras, died 1966

Website
Raymon Amaya Amador (en español)

Bibliography



Nicaragua

General listing of Nicaraguan writers/poets (en español)


Gioconda Belli
born in Managua, Nicaragua, Sandanista revolutionary poet, lived in exile, returned after revolution

Website
Gioconda Belli (en español)

Bibliography



Ernesto Cardenal
poet, supported the revolutionary overthrow of Somoza, a Roman Catholic priest and the former Minister of Culture in Nicaragua's Sandinista government

Websites
About Ernesto Cardenal
Ernesto Cardenal (en español)

Bibliography



Sergio Ramirez
Sandanista, became V.P. of Nicaragua in 1984, ran for president in 1995 under party el Movimiento de Renovación Sandinista

Website
Sergio Ramirez

Bibliography



El Salvador

General listing of Salvador writers/poets (en español)


Claribel Alegria
poet, born in El Salvador, moved to U.S., then back to Nicaragua in 1985, part of the ĺ─˙generacion comprometidaĺ─¨

Website
Poets.org page for Claribel Alegria
Claribel Alegria (en español)

Bibliography



Manlio Argueta
poet and novelist, also part of the ĺ─˙generacion comprometidaĺ─¨, He was arrested and expelled from El Salvador several times for his involvement in various political causes, exile in Costa Rica

Website
Manlio Argueta (en español)

Bibliography

Bibliography



Produced by GraciasVida Media Center, the independent journalism resource for Latin America.

For more information, contact:
Producer Maria Martin email: graciasvida.media@gmail.com
or telephone: 415.670.9717

Funded by
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
and the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

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