The Mapuche poet Leonel Lienlaf will visit Muhlenberg this
March. Lienlaf, whom Professor James Barnhart-Park met as he researched
his dissertation, is the author ofseveral documentary scripts relating
to indigenous rights and cultural / environmental conservation. He has
done scholarly work on ethno-semiotics and the nature of oral poetry, and
has made a musical compact disc containing his reading of his own poetry
accompanied by traditional Mapuche music. He has also lead and participated
innumerous literary workshops in Chile and abroad.
Lienlaf’s 1989 collection Nepey Ñi Güñün Piuke
(Se ha despertado el ave de mi corazón [The bird of my heart has
woken]) was the first full-length collection of poetry to be published
in bilingual format (Mapuzugun/Spanish) in Chile. It earned him the Premio
Municipal de Literatura – a national prize also given to Gabriela Mistral
and Pablo Neruda. His work has been published in various anthologies, and
translated into several languages.
This visit is made possible by the cooperation and assistance of the
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Dean Curtis Dretsch,
the Department of
Anthropology and Sociology, and the Lectures and Forums Committee.