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Victor Hernández Cruz Visits San Francisco for a (Rare) Reading!

October 19, 2017
7:00 pm
Alley Cat Bookstore

In a rare visit to San Francisco, the poet and essayist Victor Hernández Cruz will be giving a reading, and signing books, on Thursday, October 19th, 7 p.m., at Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Hernández Cruz, who was born in Puerto Rico and now lives in Morocco, moved to the United States with his family in 1954, and attended high school in New York. In the 1970s, he lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he emerged as a distinctive poetic voice. His poetry often explores the relationship between the English language and his native Spanish, playing with grammar and syntax, and bringing in the rich textures of other linguistic influences, too, including Arabic and the various dialects of the Caribbean.

Hernández Cruz’s latest book, Beneath the Spanish, explores the difficult history of colonialism, conquest, and cultural fragmentation, through images from his Caribbean and New York childhoods, and his years in California and North Africa (oceans, migrations, tobacco, jazz), and through a clear gaze at the European invasion of the New World. The book also carries its readers back to shore, as it navigates between a fractured history and the potential for an inclusive future.

The author of numerous collections of poetry, Hernández Cruz’s honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His writings have been translated into French, Dutch, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, and Turkish.

We are fortunate to have Victor Hernández Cruz read again in San Francisco. The event is free. For more information about the event, please call (415) 405-7311, or send an email to

Alley Cat Bookstore

3036 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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