+ ++ Video: Argentine author relives horror of political imprisonment through fiction | Latina Lista

Video: Argentine author relives horror of political imprisonment through fiction

Video: Argentine author relives horror of political imprisonment through fiction

LatinaLista — Alicia Kozameh is an author, an editor, a college instructor and a former political prisoner. From September 1975 to December 1978, Kozameh was held at Sótano ("basement") of police headquarters in Rosario, Argentina as part of the military dictatorship that overtook Argentina.

After being moved to another prison and finally being paroled in 1979, Kozameh fled to Los Angeles and Mexico City to pursue writing and editing jobs. After encountering an oppressive political climate on several unsuccessful attempts to return to her home country, Kozameh finally settled in Los Angeles where she founded Monóculo Literary Workshops, a series of creative writing workshops. Since 2000, she has taught creative writing and English literature at Emeritus College, a division of Santa Monica College.

During her political exile, Kozameh has written several novels, short stories and works extensively with Amnesty International to share her prison experiences and to promote human rights. In an effort to share her experiences, Kozameh gives readings and lectures of her books to audiences around the world.

In the featured video, Kozameh delivers a bilingual reading from her novel Pasos bajo el agua (Steps Under Water), a fictionalized account of her experience in prison as part of Chapman University's John Fowles Literary Forum.


Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply


More in General


ListaPodcast: Obama kills Keystone pipeline, NFL star faces renewed controversy, Mexico opens door for marijuana legalization November 6, 2015

Latina ListaNovember 6, 2015

ListaPodcast: New Speaker of the House, budget deal, arrests made in relation to Ayotzinapa students October 30, 2015

Latina ListaOctober 30, 2015
Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary

New Census report shows critical segment of Latino population not voting

Latina ListaJuly 16, 2015
Photo by Daniel González

(Slideshow) The People of Taco Libre

Latina ListaJuly 1, 2015
High School Graduation

Guest Voz: Latest report on Latino dropouts is one to celebrate while understanding más work needs to be done

Latina ListaOctober 17, 2014
6th pass_FINAL to USE

International Peace Day to be celebrated through global concerts

Latina ListaSeptember 19, 2014

LULAC members mark 85-year anniversary with special TODAY show appearance

GritoBlastJuly 10, 2014
michelle obama

LULAC announces national initiative to provide aid to the thousands of Central American children on U.S.-Mexico border

GritoBlastJuly 10, 2014

Survey on LGBTQ Latina immigrants from Latin America

GritoBlastJuly 10, 2014