In preparation for "Puerto Rico/New York/Morocco: Poet’s Journey—Victor Hernández Cruz in Conversation with Dorothy Wang & Ammiel Alcalay," we'd like to share some suggested readings. This conversation will center on readings from Hernández Cruz's new book, Beneath the Spanish, followed by a conversation with Profs. Dorothy Wang and Ammiel Alcalay.

The readings below are two interviews with Hernández Cruz, one in English from 2002 about the effects of place and language on his writing and one in Spanish from 2017 on his experiences living in Morocco. These readings are not mandatory; however, they might provide additional context for the discussion.


"An Interview with Victor Hernández Cruz," Turnrow, Summer 2002 vol. 2.1

"Poeta boricua en Marruecos: Victor Hernández Cruz," Francisco Cabanillas, LQSomos, July 2017