Benito Pastoriza Iyodo
Benito Pastoriza Iyodo is a poet, narrator, and essayist who has lived extensively in different parts of the United States and Puerto Rico: Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Houston, Santa Barbara, CA; Miami, FL, San Antonio, TX; Columbus, OH; San Juan, PR; Saint Petersburg, FL; and at present, McAllen, Texas. He has visited some forty-two nations, including most Hispanic countries. These world travels are reflected in his works: the revision of universal history, art as a weapon of emergency and permanence, destruction of the planet, social issues on an international level, the propositions of power, discrimination, gender studies, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, aestheticism/commitment, and the philosophical purpose of being. For the author, literature is a constant flow of philosophical reasoning. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico and his MA from UC-Santa Barbara, with doctoral studies at the University of Chicago. Published books include: Gotas verdes para la ciudad, Lo coloro de lo incoloro, Cuestión de hombres, Cartas a la sombra de tu piel, Elegías de septiembre, El agua del paraíso, Nena, nena de mi corazón and Prostíbulo de la palabra. He cofounded literary magazines specializing in publishing Latinx literature written in the US. He promoted poetry readings in Philadelphia. He has received many literary awards from cultural institutions in the US, Mexico, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Australia, Spain, and Cuba. His works have been published in Spanish, English, and Portuguese via some seventy journals in Europe and the Americas.