This year, Cielonaranja published several classics of Dominican poetry, including the volume Norberto James Rawlings 1969-2008 (2012). This volume gathers roughly four decades of poetry by one of the key authors of contemporary Dominican poetry, Norberto James Rawlings.
Norberto James Rawlings is a poet, essayist, and educator, born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, on February 6, 1945. He holds a BA in philology from the University of Havana, an MA in Hispanic Language Arts and a doctorate in Hispanic literature and language from Boston University. He has received awards and honorable mentions in national literary contests. He was professor at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. His poetry has been read in the Dominican Republic and abroad through anthologies, journals, and literary supplements. His poem “Los inmigrantes” [Immigrants] has been widely praised by critics and literary scholars. In addition to poetry, he published Un estudio sociocultural de dos novelas dominicanas de la era de Trujillo: Jengibre y Trementina, clerén y bongó (1992), among other essayistic works.
Listen to Norberto James Rawlings reciting “Los inmigrantes” here:
For a translation of “Los inmigrantes” by Beth Wellington, see http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/callaloo/v023/23.3james.html (from Callalloo 23.3, 2000)
For more information, see http://www.cielonaranja.com/