The National Book Award winng poet, Daniel Borzutzky, will read from his work as part of the 10th Anniversary Conference of the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South.
The first-generation son of Chilean immigrants, writer and translator Daniel Borzutzky grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection The Performance of Becoming Human which confronts head-on many of difficult questions currently facing our society today.
In The Performance of Becoming Human, he draws hemispheric connections between the US and Latin America, specifically border and immigration politics, economic disparity, political violence, and the disturbing rhetoric of capitalism and bureaucracies. For Borzutsky, to become human is to navigate these borders, including those of institutions, the realities of over- and under-development, and the economies of privatization, in which humans endure state-sanctioned and systemic abuses.
He lives in Chicago and teaches at Wright College of the City Colleges of Chicago.