El Salvadoran writer Horacio Castellanos Moya, an Ida Beam visiting faculty member in the International Writing Program, will present a free reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 12 in 1505 Seamans Center.
Castellanos Moya, author of nine novels and five short story collections, worked as a journalist during the civil war in El Salvador, and later in Mexico. His first novel, La diáspora, won the 1989 National Prize from the Central American University in San Salvador.
Novelist Roberto Bolaño called him “the only writer of my generation who knows how to narrate the horror, the secret Vietnam that Latin America was for a long time.”
The Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program was established in 1978-79 based on a bequest from the late Ida Beam of Vinton, Iowa, who willed her family farm to The University of Iowa Foundation. The proceeds from the farm’s sale enabled the UI to establish a fund that brings top scholars in a variety of fields to the university for lectures and discussions.
Castellanos Moya’s reading is also presented by the departments of Spanish and Portuguese, Cinema and Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the UI Center for Human Rights.