Named after what is for Americans one of Gabriela Mistral's most well-known writings, this program will feature the famed Chilean poet. The child of an Aymara mother, Gabriela Mistral was born to a life of poverty, discrimination and oppression. It is nothing short of astonishing that she rose from such a deprived beginning to become a world-renowned educator and poet. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945, the first Latin American and only the fifth woman to win that prize. Gayle will describe her fascinating life and present poems illustrative of her work
Gayle Eleanor is a long-time poet and treasurer of the Ina Coolbrith Circle. Her work has been published in many journals and other publications. She has twice won the Grand Prize at the Poet's Dinner. Her collections include Grace Happens, Nahanni, and Letters to Bluebeard's Daughter. Her poems reflect her love of nature and her interest in bridging the separation that we often assume between ourselves and the natural world.