The Poet’s Calling: The Life & Works of Pablo Neruda

Saturday, April 28 | 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
  • History
  • International
  • Poetry

Mark Eisner, Forrest Gander, Jessica Powell, moderated by Austin Smith

Pablo Neruda was many things during his life: a Nobel Laureate, a diplomat, and a fugitive, but always at heart, a poet. This panel of translators has collectively devoted decades to examining and sharing the late poet’s work. Mark Eisner’s new biography, “Neruda: The Poet’s Calling,” is a definitive account of the Chilean poet’s influence, called by Kirkus a “new standard-bearer among Neruda biographies.” Forrest Gander brought Neruda’s recently discovered “lost poems”—written on napkins, receipts, and playbills—to life in his translated collection, which The Guardian called “a literary event of universal importance.” Jessica Powell is responsible for the first-ever English translation of Neruda’s third book of poems, “venture of the infinite man.” Hear this unparalleled panel of experts as they raise Neruda’s voice and discuss his legacy.

BONUS: A screening of “Neruda,” Pablo Larrain’s 2016 film, takes place Saturday, April 28 at 5:30pm as part of the festival’s film and literature series with BAMPFA. The film is introduced by Mark Eisner. Separately ticketed; $8 at

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