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Mark Eisner in conversation with Elizabeth Hazen: Neruda: The Poet’s Calling

The Ivy Bookshop

The most definitive biography to date of the poet Pablo Neruda, Neruda: The Poet’s Calling provides a moving portrait of one of the most intriguing and influential figures in Latin American history.

Few poets have captured the global imagination like Pablo Neruda. In his native Chile, across Latin America, and in many other parts of the world, his name and legacy have become almost synonymous with liberation movements, and with the language of erotic love.

Neruda: The Poet’s Calling is the product of fifteen years of research by Mark Eisner, writer, translator, and documentary filmmaker. The book vividly depicts Neruda’s monumental life, potent verse, and ardent belief in the “poet’s obligation” to use poetry for social good. It braids together three major strands of Neruda’s life—his world-revered poetry; his political engagement; and his tumultuous, even controversial, personal life—forming a single cohesive narrative of intimacy and breadth.

The fascinating events of Neruda’s life are interspersed with Eisner’s thoughtful examinations of the poems, both as works of art and as mirrors of Neruda’s life and times.


Mark Eisner has spent most of the past two decades working on projects related to Pablo Neruda. Previously, he conceived, edited, and was one of the principal translators for The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems. He is now producing a documentary on Neruda, with support from Latino Public Broadcasting. An initial version, narrated by Isabel Allende, won the Latin American Studies Association Award of Merit in Film.


Eisner holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. He was involved with the founding of the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco's Mission district, and continues to help lead Red Poppy, the literary-nonprofit, "dedicated to the power of Latin American poetry to not only evoke emotions, but to shift social consciousness, sparking both individual and collective change."


A poet and essayist, Elizabeth Hazen’s work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, The Normal School, and other journals. She teaches seventh and eighth grade English at Calvert School in Baltimore. Alan Squire Publishing released her first book, Chaos Theories, in April 2016.






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Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 7:00pm


The Ivy Bookshop
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Baltimore, MD 21209

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