WMU News

Pablo Neruda among authors featured in new Third Coast magazine

April 17, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Two previously unpublished poems by the late Nobel Prize-winning author Pablo Neruda are among the works featured in the spring 2000 issue of Third Coast, the literary magazine published by Western Michigan University's Department of English.

Now on sale at area bookstores, the biannual, soft-cover journal is edited by graduate students in WMU's master's and doctoral programs in English.

The work of Neruda, who died in 1973, is from his first book of poems, "Crepusculario," which he wrote at the age of 19. The poems were submitted to Third Coast by the book's translator, Ruben M. Quesada. A native of Chile, Neruda has been credited with helping to shape 20th-century Latin American literary and political consciousness through his verse. He received the 1971 Nobel Prize for literature, just two years before he died of cancer.

Other writers whose work appears in the spring issue include Thomas Lux, Christine Sneed, Kate Northrop and Tom Noyes. The magazine features works by 26 poets and five short story writers.

The magazine's front and back cover art is by Honore Lee, a WMU alumna and Kalamazoo artist. Her work has been shown in more than 60 exhibitions in the United States and is featured in the permanent collections of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and the Lee Honors College at WMU.

WMU graduate students Karen Carcia, James D'Agostino, Alexander Long, Pedro Ponce and Chris Torockio edited the magazine with the help of a number of other undergraduate and graduate students who volunteered hundreds of hours of time to the project. Invitations to submit material for publication are included in each issue, and manuscripts are read throughout the year.

Third Coast is available for $6 at local bookstores and cafes, including Athena Book Shop, Michigan News Agency, John W. Rollins Bookseller and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Gallery Shop in Kalamazoo as well as Schuler Books and La Fontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids. Subscriptions also are available, beginning at $11 for two issues. In addition, individuals can obtain a copy of the spring issue by sending a check for $6, along with their name and address, to: Third Coast, Department of English, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI 49008-5092.

For more information, contact Kathleen McGookey at (616) 387-2675.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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