Cecilia Vicuña, 27th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Cecilia Vicuña

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center for the Performing Arts

Author/Artist Bio

Cecilia Vicuña is a Chilean poet, visual and performance artist and filmmaker, and the author of fourteen poetry books published in Europe, Latin America and the US. She performs and exhibits her work widely at national and international venues. She has an MFA from the University of Chile in Santiago, and she did her postgraduate work at the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College, London. The recipient of many honors, she received The Pennies from Heaven Award, 2002, The Anonymous Was a Woman Award, l999, The Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Arts International Award in l992, The Fund for Poetry Award in l995-96 and The Human Rights Award from the Fund for Free Expression in New York in l985. Her poetry has been widely anthologized, most recently in: The Book of the Book, edited by Jerome Rothenberg and Steve Clay, Granary Books, 2000 and Poems for the Millennium, edited by Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris, University of California, l997. Her most recent books include Instan, Kelsey St. Press, 2002; El Templo, translated by Rosa Alcalá, Situations, New York, 2001; Cloud-Net, trans. by Rosa Alcalá, and QUIPOem/ The Precarious, The Art and Poetry of Cecilia Vicuña, edited by M. Catherine de Zegher and translated by Esther Allen, Wesleyan University Press, l997.

Recent solo performances include: University of Cambridge Contemporary Poetry Conference, England, 2002, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2001, The Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, 2001, IVAM, Valencia, 2001, Tucher Literary Salon, Berlin, 2001,Temple University, 2000, Art in General, New York, l999, Kunst museum, Berne, l998, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, l997, St Mark’s Poetry Project, New York, l999, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, l996, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh, l996, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston, l996.

Her films and videos have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Art in General, New York, The Museum of PreColumbian Art, Chile, Museo Etnográfico de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, The Brooklyn Museum of Art and at the Cinarchea International Film Festival, Kiel, Germany, Museo Reina Sofia en Madrid, y Museo de Are Contemporáneo de Barcelona.


Vicuña read on Monday, October 4th, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.


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