José Kozer

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José Kozer was born in Havana, Cuba (1940) of Jewish parents who emigrated from Poland (father) and Czechoslovakia (mother); he left his native land in 1960, lived in New York until 1997, the year in which he retired from Queens College as Full Professor, where he taught Spanish and Latin American literatures for thirty-two years. After living for two years in Torrox (Málaga), Spain, he moved twelve years ago to Hallandale, Florida, USA. Kozer graduated with a B.A. from New York University in 1965, and received his M.A. and PhD from Queens College, CUNY in 1970 and 1983 respectively. He was the recipient of the Premio de Poesía Iberoamericana Pablo Neruda (Chile) for 2013. He is the author of 63 poetry collections, as of early 2014.
His poetry has been partially translated to English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Hebrew and Greek, has been widely anthologised and has appeared in numerous literary journals from all over the world. There are several master and doctoral dissertations written on his work, as well as full chapters written (and being written) in several MA and PhD dissertations. His work has been studied in many graduate and undergraduate courses. On José Kozer's poetry there was a Symposium held in 1997 at UCLA (Irvine) which was organized by Prof. Jacobo Sefamí, out of which a full length book was published by UNAM University in Mexico City under the title La voracidad grafómana: José Kozer.
The prestigious editorial house Aldus (Mexico) published two books of prose by José Kozer entitled Mezcla para dos tiempos and Una huella detartalada, as well as Acta (2010) a book of poems written upon the death of the poet’s mother. A reissue of Bajo este cien, originally issued by Fondo de Cultura Económica de México (1983) was published in Barcelona by El Bardo. Moreover, Fondo de Cultura published his Ánima and also Acta est fabula; Visor (Madrid) his Y del esparto la invariabilidad, Monte Ávila (Caracas) his Trasvasando, and his Partículas en expansión was published in Chile in 2013 as a result of his winning the Neruda Prize.
Junction Press, New York, published a bilingual (Spanish/English) anthology of Kozer’s work entitled Stet, edited and translated by Mark Weiss. In Havana, Cuba, Torre de Letras, an independent small press, has recently published his book Semovientes.

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