Marjorie Agosín will be in residence in Venice for two weeks and will write a text inspired by her experience and will participate to cultural program of the “psalm” exhibition of Edmund de Waal
Beit Venezia thus honors the memory of his co-founder and first president Napoleone (Leo) Jesurum (1929-2017), who believed in the Ghetto of Venice as a place of memory and a source of inspiration for the future. Marjorie Agosín is the Pura Belpré Award-winning author of I Lived on Butterfly Hill. She was raised in Chile by Jewish parents. Her family moved to the United States to escape the horrors of the Pinochet takeover of their country. Coming from a South American country and being Jewish, Agosín’s writings demonstrate a unique blending of these cultures. She has received the Letras de Oro Prize for her poetry, and her writings about, and humanitarian work for, women in Chile have been the focus of feature articles in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Ms. Magazine. She has also won the Latino Literature Prize for her poetry. She is a Spanish professor at Wellesley College.