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The famous Literary Tertulia returns on Saturday, December 2 (6:30 pm) at the Charlie Chaplin Auditorium of St. Augustine College (1345 W. Argyle St. – Chicago). This year the Tertulia # 12 will be held with a tribute to Puerto Rico represented by the poet Julia de Burgos, author of the famous poem “Rio Grande de Loiza”.

The program includes the special participation of Dr. Bruno Bondavalli, current Interim President of SAC, who will also present a sample of Venezuelan poetry with the company of some students, as a way to generationally transfer the culture.

Participating poets, teachers, and students will also recite poems by Julia de Burgos. It will also feature the intervention via internet of the poet Marcela Muñoz from Portugal. Other activities include samples of a Russian sculptor and photographs of the SAC poet and history professor, Dr. Cranston Ramírez-Knight, who has written several books.

This year, the well-known Mexican actor Lauro López returns to present an adaptation of Juan Rulfo’s story “El día del derrumbe”.

Johanny Vázquez, renowned poet and teacher, will also occupy the stage of the Tertulia reciting Julia de Burgos and some of his poems.

“Tertulia para asustar a los notarios” began in the late 1980s, at the initiative of Alejandro Ferrer, SAC literature professor, when he presented the idea of ​​inviting the best poets and writers from Chicago and Latin American countries to read representative of their works. Originally three Tertulias were held with great public support.

In 2009, the then President of SAC, Dr. Andrew Sund, proposed restarting this cultural activity that was transformed, into what is now known: an activity recognized even internationally (poets from Mexico, Chile have participated through the Internet , Portugal and Spain).

The name of this cultural activity comes from a quote from the poem Walking Around (Residencia en la tierra) by Pablo Neruda:

“However it would be delicious

scare a notary with a cut lily

or kill a nun with a blow of the ear.

It would be nice to go through the streets with a green knife

and screaming until they die of cold. “