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Transcript of Daisy Zamora
Daisy was born in Managua, Nicaragua on June 20, 1950.
Daisy attended Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, studying psychology. After college, she joined the Sandinista movement.
From a young age, Daisy loved writing. She published her first poem "Un nino muerto en la carretera" or "A Dead Child on the Road" as a teenager. It appeared in La Prensa Literaria on September 3, 1967.
Daisy published "Riverbed of Memory," which featured poems about war and remembrance. The overarching metaphor was her own body, which is one of her frequent writing methods.
Daisy published "Life for Each" which contained new and sensual poems in a bilingual format.
1970's: Daisy worked at Radio Sandino. Here she produced a show called "The Sandinista Women." She came to be known as the voice of the movement.
When Daisy was young, her father was taken prisoner by political enemies. Not only did this help to radicalize her early adulthood, but it would also influence her writing career.
1936: The repressive regime of the Somoza family began
when General Somoza won a rigged election.
1961: The Sandinista Movement is founded on July 23. It is
named after Augusto Cesar Sandino who came to be regarded
as a martyr for Nicaraguan freedom.
1956: General Somoza is assassinated after 20 years of rule.
His 2 sons take control of the presidency using increasingly harsher methods.
1979: In response to the murder of an innocent critic of the regime,
the Sandinista movement began a surge of attacks on the cities and countryside. Overwhelmed, the Somoza family fled on July 17 ending the ruthless regime.
Ore Magazine said, " This is poetry born out of personal and political struggle, painful to read yet all the more inspiring for that."
"One of the most prominent figures in contemporary Latin American poetry. Her work is known for its uncompromising voice and wide-ranging subject matter that dwells on the details of daily life while encompassing human rights, politics, revolution, feminist issues, art, history and culture." -Amazon
Daisy published her recent collection called "The Violent Foam," which was published in a bilingual format. It was translated by George Evans, an American poet, to whom Daisy is now married.
The Sandinista Movement ruled until 1990
when Nicaragua began to move toward Socialism.
2006: Daisy was honored as Writer of the Year
by the National Association of Artists in Nicaragua.
Daisy is currently living in San Francisco, California where she is working on a novel. She lives with her husband and three children.
"Her poetry, more than feminist, is humanist because through it she comes out against war and in favor of harmony between human beings and the environment. It goes from the personal to the political, from the private to the public." - Baldelomar
By: Sophie Pilkinton
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