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Reading Discussion Group June 17th and July 15th – Flame in the Air: Bilingual Poetry Edition by Vidaluz Meneses

flame in the air webPlease come to a discussion of Flame in the Air: Bilingual Poetry Edition by Vidaluz Meneses, translated and edited by Maria Roof, at the next two lunchtime reading group programs of the Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project and Hartford Public Library in the Seminar Room of the library, 500 Main St., on Wed., June 17, and Wed., July 15, from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M. Both programs are part of the library’s Bridging Cultures Series.

Meneses is a widely acclaimed and prizewinning Nicaraguan poet, but few of her poems had been translated and published in English before publication of Flame in the Air. In June, we will consider the first two sections of the book. One section comprises conversations with the author about her life in Nicaragua in the revolutionary period and then as part of the new government when she was a leader of the Ministry of Culture. Conversations about her works and literature in Nicaragua make up the second section. In July, we will discuss the last section of the book: her poetry as written in Spanish and translated into English.

Flame in the Air is available through www.casasolaeditores.com, online booksellers, and local bookstores. Bring a lunch if you would like. All are welcome at these free programs.

 

Evening Reading Discussion Group June 24th – Stories, Poems, and Pictures from the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua

old-pearl-lagoon1Please come to a discussion of “Stories, Poems, and Pictures from the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua”  in the Seminar Room of the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., on Wed., June 24, from 5:30 to 8 P.M.  This program, a collaboration of the Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project and the Hartford Public Library, is part of the library’s Bridging Cultures Series and the last of the evening series on multiculturalism in Nicaragua. Participants will read from the literature of the area and will view video and art of the region.  Light refreshments will be served.

 

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The Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project is a story of two cities reaching out to each other, one in Nicaragua, Central America, the other Connecticut in the United States.  It begins in 1986 when the Hartford Ocotal Sister City Project(HOSCP) was established with the help of the Capitol Region Conference of Churches and moves forward again in 1995 when the Project began providing seed money for a micro-lending program called FUNAFAM, which is based on the Grameen Bank model. Financial support from this program has helped hundreds of Ocotal women start small businesses of their own.

Over a period of 25 years HOSCP has used contributions to help fund the following programs, evolving from direct material aid to self-help initiatives:

  • Material aid shipments in conjunction with the New Haven-Leon SCP
  • Educational events
  • Helping to fund the purchase of an ambulance
  • Helping to fund the clean water project
  • Hurricane Mitch relief
  • FUNAFAM, a microcredit program based on the Grameen Bank model. Loaning small amounts of money to individuals starting small businesses
  • Health education programs in outlying areas surrounding Ocotal

Many of the founders of the HOSCP are still active in the work. The sister-city commitment does not go out of fashion, nor does it cease to inspire those involved.

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