The writer and Mexican journalist Elena Poniatowska, speaking at FILEY, received the award for Excellence in Literature, named for recently deceased poet José Emilio Pacheco. Accepting the honor, Poniatowska called on other writers to fight injustices against the poor.
“Journalists should be outraged and vocal … because we are all made of the same human clay,” she said, speaking at the annual Yucatan International Readers’ Fair in Merida.
Poniatowska also talked about upcoming celebrations for the centenary of the birth of literary figures such as Octavio Paz and José Revueltas and about her next book, the biography of Lupe Marin, a Jalisco writer and second wife of muralist Diego Rivera.
Poniatowska said she felt blessed every time she visits Yucatán, taking comfort from the climate and the cuisines, namely papadzules and lime soup. Her daughter owns the cultural center La68 in the Centro Historico of Merida.
She also thanked the “essential and poignant” Yucatan writer Sara Poot-Herrera, who was primarily responsible for the medal at FILEY.
FILEY is a free cultural festival at the Siglo XXI Convention Center that offer activities to promote reading, theater, book presentations, storytelling, music, reading circles, literary conferences, meeting booksellers, and tributes.
A round table discussion, “Octavio Paz in Mérida in 1937,” included Elena Poniatowska, Sara Poot-Herrera, Ana Bundgaard, Jorge Mantilla, Gonzalo Navarrete and Rafael Vivancos at the Olimpo Cultural Center.
Source: Diario de Yucatan and wire services