History and Imagination, Prose and Poetry – Cristina Rivera Garza Visits Pacific

Cristina Rivera Garza finalInternationally acclaimed author  Cristina Rivera Garza, PhD, will speak at University of the Pacific on Thursday, February 5, at 6:30 pm in the Presidents Room on the Stockton campus. One of Mexico’s leading literary figures, Dr. Rivera-Garza is the author of six novels (including Nadie me verá llorar (No One Will See Me Cry), La muerte me da, and La cresta de Ilión) three collections of short stories, five collections of poetry and three non-fiction books, and holds the distinction of being the only author to win the prestigious Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize twice for her work.

Known for her innovative writing style (called “perturbing and beautiful” by critic Carlos Fuentes) and early adoption of technology as a platform for exploring the narrative form, Dr. Rivera-Garza is the recipient of the Roger Caillois Award for Latin American Literature, as well as the Anna Seghers International Prize, the IMPAC/CONARTE/ITESM National Award for Best Published Novel in Mexico, the José Rubén Romero National Literary Award for Best Novel, the Juan Vicente Melo National Short Story Award Her books have been translated from their original Spanish into English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Korean.

Currently, Dr. Rivera-Garza serves as the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of California, San Diego. Her visit to Pacific is made possible by Latin American Studies, Modern Languages and Literature, Latino Community Outreach, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, School of International Studies, College of the Pacific, the Humanities Center, M.E.Ch.A, and LULAC. A reception will be held at 4:30 pm on February 5 in the Regent’s Room prior to Dr. Rivera-Garza’s lecture.

For more information, please contact Dr. Susan Giraldez at sgiralde (at) pacific (dot) edu.

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