The famous Literary Tertulia returned 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 was held as a tribute to Puerto Rico represented by the poet Julia de Burgos, author of the famous poem “Rio Grande de Loiza”.
The program included the special participation of Dr. Bruno Bondavalli, current Interim President of SAC, who also participated with a sample of Venezuelan poetry with the company of some students, as a way to generationally transfer the culture.
Poets, teachers, and students also recited poems by Julia de Burgos. It also featured the intervention via internet of the poet Marcela Muñoz from Portugal. Other activities included 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 returned to present an adaptation of Juan Rulfo’s story “El día del derrumbe”.
Johanny Vázquez, renowned poet and teacher, also took 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 as 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