Coral Gables Gallery Night: SOPHIA TORRENTS: Children of Haiti, 2009 Sophia Torrents, now a senior, in the International Baccalaureate, at Coral Gables High School, was 16 when she went to Port au Prince, in 2009 to help out a group of doctors and nurses, with Project Medishare. The medical team was there to operate on children with hydrocephalus, and Sophia was fortunate to be able to record the experience with her camera. Sophia’s sister, Elisabet, had been to Haiti, in 2007, and was transformed by the experience. Both Sophie and Elisabet’s photos have been sold to the Helene Lamarque gallery in Miami. Proceeds, from the sale of these photographs will benefit the Hydrocephalus Project (Pediatric Neuroseurgery in Haiti).
La ciudad de la unidad posible: selección poética de Miami and The City of Possible Unity: A Miami Poetry Collection, both edited by the scholar and cultural activist, Aida Levitan, were published by Editorial Ultramar of Miami in 2009 and 2011, in beautiful editions funded by a variety of Miami cultural institutions. When read together these two books present an extraordinary array of intense emotion and poetic drama by more than thirty Spanish language poets now living in the Miami area. Tonight, you’ll get to hear readings by many of these poets, in both English and Spanish. The book’s title, suggested by writer Luis de la Paz, comes from a poem written in Miami, in exile from Spain, by Spanish Nobel laureate, Juan Ramón Jiménez, where he wrote of Miami that: “Memory is comprised of dreams, but not will or intelligence. Isn’t that true,/ great city of this world? Say that it’s true, city of possible unity where I live./ Isn’t it true that unity is possible […]?