CAMDEN — On Thursday, September 26, at 7 p.m, the Camden Public Library welcomes Camden resident Janet Gold and Honduran poet Ana María Alemán to discuss their bilingual book of poetry, One Bridge, Two Voices/Un Puente, Dos Voces.
Gold traveled to San Pedro Sula, Honduras in July 2019 to visit Alemán and celebrate the publication of their book. During her visit, the two women participated in the International Poetry Festival “Los Confines” in the town of Gracias in western Honduras, not far from the Guatemalan border.
During the presentation, Gold and Alemán will discuss and read selections from their book, describe some of the challenges of publishing in a country struggling with economic, social and political crises, and share inspiring stories of cultural collaboration and creativity from the historic gathering of more than fifty poets from around the world.
“The experience of working with Ana María has certainly been mutually enriching,” Gold said, in a news release. “Through our shared challenge to render one another's poems in our respective languages, we have built bridges--between ourselves, among our poems, and across a border constructed by linguistic and cultural differences. Participating in the international poetry festival and spending time with such a wonderfully diverse and talented group of people made us even more aware of the role that the arts can play in building bridges of awareness and appreciation.”
Janet Gold participates regularly in the Leer y Charlar Spanish language group that meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the Camden Public Library. To learn more about this group or Gold and Alemán’s presentation, visit librarycamden.org.