Associate Professor of English Nzadi Keita is a featured writer in a photography exhibition highlighting Pennsylvania and Chilean Writers. So Far… So Close: Contemporary Writers of Tarapacá and Pennsylvania, features photographs from a book with that title. The exhibition is in Albright College’s Gingrich Library, Reading, PA, from Sept. 11 to Sept. 26.
So Far…So Close is co-authored by Chilean authors Hernán Pereira and Lucia Ramos, both English professors at Universidad Arturo Prat, along with medical doctor Pamela Daza, and Albright Professor of Spanish Karen Jogan.
The book consists of interviews, photographs and excerpts of the writings of 10 Pennsylvania authors and 10 authors from Tarapacá in northern Chile who share a common passion for various literary genres and represent distinguished creative writers of their respective regions.
A panel discussion and video presentation will be held on Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Albright’s Science Center, Room 256. Several of the featured writers will be on hand. The Chilean authors will also visit Spanish classes during their time at Albright.
The Chilean authors featured in the book include Alberto Carrizo, Oscar Hahn, Cecilia Castillo, Jaime Ceballos, Iris Di Caro, Carolina Gonzalez, Fernando Marttell, Juan José Podestá, Guillermo Ross Murray and Abraham Sanhueza.
The Pennsylvania writers in addition to Keita include Albright lecturer Craig Czury, Barbara DeCesare of Lancaster; Michael Downend, a Pennsylvania dramatist currently living in Mexico; Rick Kearns of Harrisburg Area Community College Ann E. Michael of DeSales University; Lamont B. Steptoe of Philadelphia; Heather Thomas of Kutztown University; J. C. Todd of Bryn Mawr and Rosemont colleges; and Jerry Wemple of Bloomsburg University.
Publication of So Far…So Close was made possible through a teaching innovation project grant awarded by the Undergraduate Program Division, Universidad Arturo Prat in Iquique, Chile, and supported by Albright College.