The Kozer Collection at Killam Library is comprised not only of the published works by Cuban Poet José Kozer and his personal library with marginalia, but also includes more than 900 books written by over 200 noteworthy poets and authors from Latin America, Spain and the United States. The collection also contains bilingual editions and translations - into Spanish, Portuguese, Basque and other languages - of unique works by authors of global prominence, such as Augusto Roa Bastos and Literature Nobel Prize winners Tomas Transtomer (2011) and Octavio Paz (1990). Most of the books in the Kozer Collection are inscribed by the authors or translators with captivating expressions of love, friendship and admiration. This is a living collection. Killam Library started building it in 2008. Among the first eight titles acquired is Replicas, a rare work by Kozer designed and illustrated by Rolando Estévez Jordán. The Kozer Collection is located in the Special Collections and Archives at Killam Library. It continues to grow as more books with inscriptions are obtained by the Poet and subsequently acquired by Killam Library. The Kozer Collection will enhance scholarly research at TAMIU by providing access to a wide range of contemporary Hispanic poetry and literature not commonly collocated elsewhere. This collection will attract scholars, readers and general public from a wide geographic range, that are interested in contemporary Hispanic literature in general and Latin American poetry in particular.
JOSÉ KOZER (Havana, Cuba 1940) the son of Jewish parents who migrated to Cuba from Poland (father) and Czechoslovakia (mother), and the grandson of one of the founders of Adath Israel, Cuba’s first Ashkenazi synagogue. He studied law at the University of Havana, left Cuba in 1960, and moved to the Village in New York City. He attended NYU and received a BA in 1965, and later received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Queens College of the City University of New York, where he was a Prof. of Spanish and Latin American Literature, specializing in Poetry, for 32 years, retiring in 1997. He then moved to Málaga, Spain where he lived for two years before settling in Hallandale, Florida, where he now resides. He has received numerous awards for his work, among them the prestigious Pablo Neruda Ibero-American Poetry Prize in 2013.
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