The Ohio State University at Marion


​Famed Chilean poet coming to Ohio State Marion

Written by Austin Harris, junior English major/communications intern

Internationally acclaimed poet Christian Formoso is coming to the Alber Student Center or the Marion campus, Tuesday, November 3rd at 12:40 p.m. to share his writing with students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Formoso, born in 1971 in Punta Arenas, Chile, has published six collections of poems, including El cementerio más hermoso de Chile (Santiago de Chile, Cuarto Propio, 2008), which was awarded the Best Published Work Award by the National Council of Books and Reading (Ministry of Culture of Chile, 2009). That same year, Cementerio was also a finalist for the Lira de Oro Ibero-American Poetry Award (Ecuador), recognizing the collection as one of the best books of poetry in Spanish published from 2007-2008. Formoso is also known to write about the politics of regions in the southern-most parts of South America through chronicles and documents, in addition to poems. He received the Tinker Field Research Grant in the summer of 2014.

Formoso will read his poems via translator and poet Terry Hermsen. Hermsen was born in 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. He has published two chapbooks of poetry, 36 Spokes: The Bicycle Poems and Child Aloft in Ohio Theatre (both with Bottom Dog Press in Huron, Ohio). His first full-length collection, The River’s Daughter (also published with Bottom Dog) was co-recipient of the Ohio Poet of the Year Award in 2009. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.