Nicoya and Liberia to Host International Poetry Festival

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For the last 14 years the International Poetry Festival has been one of the most important events for this literary generation, and now Guanacastecos will be able to enjoy many of its activities.

The poetic conference will be held from October 10 to 19; the opening ceremony will take place at the Melico Salazar Theater. However, the cantons of Nicoya and Liberia will be the headquarters for the festival.

The canton of Nicoya will host the Mexican poet Roberto Arizmendi, who has published 43 books of poetry, testimonial literature and some educational material. His works include “The Cards of Time” (Las cartas deltiempo), “Your Skin in Memory” (Tupielen la memoria), and “Dreams” (Sueños).

In Liberia, attendees will be able to share with the Columbian poet Fernando Vargas, who is a lawyer specializing in human rights at the Universidad Externado de Columbia. He holds a masters in sociology from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, in Spain.

The Costa Rican Alejandro Cordero will also be in attendance. Cordero recently published the book “Season of Hurracanes” (Temporada de Huracanes), which was presented at the International Book Fair that was held in San Jose in September.

All of the International Poetry Festival’s activities are free, and those who attend will be able to interact with the poets. Here is the agenda for activities in Nicoya and Liberia.

Nicoya with Roberto Arizmendi (Mexico)


Tuesday, October 13:

7:30 p.m. Conversation with readers’ circle inHojancha.

Wednesday, October 14:

10:00 a.m. Visit to Leonidas BriceñoElementary School.

2:30 p.m. Visit to the Nicoya high school.

7:30 p.m. Presentation of the book Inconclusive Trails by Roberto Arizmendi, at Restaurante La Fulana Cosa in Nicoya.

Thursday, October 15:

10:00 a.m. Visit to NandayureTechnical Professional High School.

3:00 p.m. Conversation with area teachers.

 Visit to CINDEA in Nicoya.

Friday, October 16:

 10:00 a.m. Visit to Victoriano Mena Elementary School in Hojancha.

Liberia with Fernando Vargas, Columbia, and Alejandro Cordero, Costa Rica


Tuesday, October 13:

7 p.m. Poets arrive in Liberia.

Wednesday, October 14:

10:00 a.m. Recital at Carrillo de Filadelfia High School.

3:00 p.m. Conversational recital at the Carrillo Public Library.

7:00 p.m. Closing recital at Cafe Playa, Playa del Coco.

Thursday, October 15:

10:00 a.m. Recital – Poetic Discussion at Felipe Perez Technical Artistic High School.

3:00 p.m. Presentation of the book “Posts from Insomniac Cities” (Postalesdesdeciudadesinsomnes) at the University of Costa Rica auditorium, Guanacaste campus.