José Kozer is an impressive poet, translator, professor, and intellectual originally from Cuba, who now lives in Florida. He was one of the original poets included in the famous anthology, Medusario: Muestra de la poesía latinoamericana. In 2013, Kozer was awarded the Premio Iberoamericano de Poesía de Pablo Neruda and since then has continued to publish at least eight more volumes of poetry. His grandfather was the first Ashkenazi rabbi in Havana.

Kozer is coming to Davidson College to celebrate his 80th birthday during a two-week residency. This plenary lecture will include a reading of poetry and a discussion on his unique perspective on exile, the current refugee crisis, cultural memory and multiculturalism.