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All Set for the 2016 Poetry Festival
November 04 2015

At least 113 poets from 66 countries will gather this February in Nicaragua for the XII International Poetry Festival of Granada. This edition is of special significance as it marks the same year as the centennial anniversary of the death of the Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario (1916).
 
This year's festival will promote Central American integration, in homage to Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Mejia Sanchez and in memory of the Guatemalan prose writer Luis Cardoza y Aragón.
 
The theme will be "The poet: a being illuminated by the radiance of grace" and the event will take place from February 14 to 20, 2016 in the colonial city of Granada.
 
The participants include Pulitzer Prize winners Pardlo Gregory (USA, 2015), Vijay Seshadri (India, 2014) and Rae Armantrout (USA, 2010), also poets José Ovejero Alfaguara (Spain, 2013) and Jeronimo Pimentel (Peru, 2012), among others.
 
Central American participants include, the Nicaraguan Ernesto Cardenal; Nicaraguan-Salvadorian Claribel Alegria; the Guatemalan Minister of Culture, Ana María Rodas; Salvadoran, Manlio Argueta; Panamanian, 
Gerano Villalaz Garcia; and Costa Rican, Ronald Bonilla.
 

The festival is the world’s largest poetry festival, giving a lot of prestige to Nicaragua and contributes greatly to the positive image of our country. Several events will take place during the festival including a book and craft fair, literary workshops, roundtables, folk dances and concerts.

In the middle of the week there will also be a poetic carnival, an event that will symbolically bury "the pain of cutting down trees" to raise awareness for environmental neglect. 
 
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