Raúl Zurita

Raúl Zurita is one of Latin America’s most celebrated and controversial poets. After Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 military coup, Zurita’s poetry sought to register the violence and atrocities committed against the Chilean people and the corruption of the Spanish language. During Pinochet’s dictatorship, Zurita published a trilogy of books (Purgatory, Anteparadise, and The New Life), bulldozed poems in the Chilean desert, and helped to form the Colectivo de Accion de Art. He was awarded the Chilean National Prize for Literature, a scholarship from the Guggenheim Foundation, in 2000.