07 February 2009


The public is invited to the launch of the latest collection of poetry by Argentine-Canadian poet and artist Nela Rio, a long-time resident of Fredericton.

Her latest book is Aquella luz, la que estremece / The Light that Makes Us Tremble which has been translated by Hugh Hazelton (winner of a Governor General’s Medal for translation in 2006) and co-published by Broken Jaw Press Inc. (Fredericton) and Enana Blanca (Montréal). The original Spanish collection was a finalist for a prestigious poetry prize in Spain in 1991 and subsequently published in Spain. Nela Rio has published multiple collections of poetry and is an established internationally recognized poet, artist and literary critic who taught at St. Thomas University for many years.

The poems in this collection can be characterized as explicitly erotic in their language and message. Literary critics have already lauded the collection, comparing Nela Rio’s work to that of other Nobel winning Latin-American poets such as Pablo Neruda. This bilingual collection has already been launched in Montreal last November and in Toronto.

Several of Nela Rio’s books have been published in bilingual and trilingual editions by Fredericton’s Broken Jaw Press, including Sustaining the Gaze: When Images Tremble / Sosteniendo la mirada: cuando las imágenes tiemblan / Soutenant le regard: quand les images tremblent (2004, with Brian Atkinson) and En las noches que desvisten otras noches / During Nights that Undress Other Nights (2003), among others.

The reading by Nela Rio will be bilingual, Spanish and English.
Date: Wednesday February 18th
Time: 7 pm
Place: Tilley Hall–Room 104,
University of New Brunswick–Fredericton Campus
9 MacAulay Lane

This reading is free, open to all, and co-sponsored by the Department of Culture and Language Studies (UNB Fredericton), NB Latino Association and Broken Jaw Press.

More information on Nela Rio’s new book:

For more information contact : Dr. Sophie M. Lavoie, (506) 458-7469 or lavoie@unb.ca.

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