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A Reading with Renato Rosaldo

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Presents: “The Day of Shelly’s Death”, a reading by Poet and

Anthropologist Renato Rosaldo followed by a conversation with writer Cecilia Ballí.


“An internationally renowned cultural anthropologist, Renato Rosaldo started writing poetry in

English and Spanish while recovering from a stroke in 1996.  His first book of poetry, Prayer to

Spider Woman/Rezo a la mujer araña, received an American Book Award (2004).  His second book

of poetry, Diego Luna’s Insider Tips, won the Many Mountains Moving book manuscript contest for

2009 and was published in 2012. His third book of poetry, The Day of Shelly’s Death, was published

last year by Duke University Press. He is Professor of Cultural Anthropology Emeritus at New York

University and Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences Emeritus at Stanford University.  He was

President of the American Ethnological Society, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and

Sciences, and was part of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop. The author of the groundbreaking

Culture and Truth and Ilongot Headhunting, 1883-1974, Rosaldo found bridges between

anthropology and poetry and coined a term—“antropoeta”—to describe the way he can move

back and forth between his two homes in writing.”

–  Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of California


Renato Rosaldo Reading

Special Presentation by San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

6:30 p.m.

Guadalupe Theater