June 25, 2016
Israel Centeno uses his chapbook, Bamboo City, to inspire the creative spirit of the workshop’s participants, by allowing them to re-write the stories from excerpts, verses and words. They build a city with words, Bamboo City, an exile city. Proposing the exploration of the creative writing process, exile, and liberty as a dynamic that will build Bamboo City, allowing participants to play with form and content in the format of writing in the walls of the house. Participants have absolute freedom to create a collective book using excerpts, verses and words to invent the atmosphere and develop their own ideas on exile.
Photography by Stephanie Orentas
Israel Centeno (Venezuela) was a writer-in-residence at City of Asylum between 2011 and 2018. He is the author of poetry, short stories, and ten novels and is regarded as one of the most important Venezuelan literary figures of the past fifty years. He has won numerous awards, including the Federico Garcia Lorca Award in Spain and the National Council of Culture Award in Venezuela in 1991. Known as a literary innovator, his work deals with urban dystopias and controversial themes.