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Paris Poetry event censored Cuban renowned poet

Paris, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The 40th edition of the Paris Poetry Market began on Wednesday with Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica as countries guests of honor to highlight the Caribbean poetical production but the organizers censored renowned Cuban poet Nancy Morejón.

The five-day event is part of the weeks dedicated to Latin America and the Caribbean in France and the Saint-Sulpice Fair, with an extensive program of activities that include public poetry readings, meetings with publishers, lectures, keynote speeches, and events dedicated to young people.

The issue of culture was excluded recently to give way to politics after the organizers decided to withdraw Morejón’s honorary presidency under external pressure due to the intellectual’s commitment to the Cuban Revolution.

I regret that hatred, disguised as freedom of speech, has ended up being imposed on art, the winner of the 2001 National Literature Prize and other awards, including the Insignia of Officer of the Order of Merit of France, told Prensa Latina.

Morejón, who is also an essayist, literary critic, and translator, also stated that she would not participate in the activities of the Poetry Market.

On Tuesday, the Cuban Embassy in France hosted an evening with the poet as a protagonist, in which intellectuals, colleagues, diplomats, representatives of solidarity groups, and Cuban residents expressed their support for Morejón and rejected the decision adopted by the Paris Poetry Market.


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