“Un Libro por Centavos” Collection celebrates its 15th anniversary with poetry for children

The “Poesía Colombiana para niños” poetry book contains illustrations and drawings by children between 5 and 16 years old of educational institutions in the villages of the Caguán (Caquetá).

Poetry Book Number 150, “Poesía Colombiana para niños” (Colombian poetry for children), pays tribute to family, the axis of society and “offers a panoramic view, literally committed, because writing for children is one of the most demanding and responsible literary work,” states poet John Fitzgerald Torres who was in charge of the care and selection of this anthology.

The “Un Libro por Centavos” Collection,” the initiative of the Externado de Colombia University Cultural Decanatura, reaches its 150th edition and celebrates fifteen years (2003-2018) of monthly, free, and uninterrupted publication, with a circulation of 10,000 copies per title.

“After 15 years, the Collection has become indispensable for scholars of the genre as it is different from the classic collections. It is inclusive, close, provincial; not elitist, classist, or male chauvinistic; it is available in university libraries, municipalities, and distant regions in the country. Books of the Collection are read in prisons, hospitals, community schools, and reintegration areas of FARC ex-combatants. It is also listed in the libraries of Stanford, Harvard, and Yale universities and the United States Congress; but above all, it reaches thousands of students and people of all ages in cities and rural areas of the country,” proudly says the Cultural Dean, founder, and director of the Collection, Miguel Méndez Camacho.

The poetry book pays tribute to the family, the axis of our society. To celebrate this cultural event, several events are scheduled at the Externado de Colombia University and the Egypt District Library.

On October 23, 2018, at the University Library, the Collection will introduce its new edition and inaugurate the exhibit dedicated to the “Un libro por centavos” – “Poesía: Espejo de Tiempo” (Poetry: Mirror of Time), which will remain open until February 2019. The event will be attended by Rector Juan Carlos Henao, several poets of the Collection, cultural sector personalities, as well as professors, students, and administrative staff.

That same day, in the afternoon, poet John Fitzgerald Torres will hold a poetic creation workshop for the children of the Egypt District Library, where they will each receive a copy of the poetry book.

The University also will be present on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 8:30 am until 1:00, accompanying more than 300 schoolchildren of the Egypt District educational institutions at the “Children’s Party” to give them poetry books and hold a riddles workshop, based on the reading of poems.

Thanks to these inclusion activities and working with these communities, our House of Studies complies with its mission to fully educate its students, offering the opportunity to interact and be part of the development of these localities.

Since 2003, the Externado de Colombia University has published uninterruptedly, every month, a book compiling the essence of the work by Colombian, Latin American, and world-renowned poets as a way of encouraging reading, interest, and love of poetry. Upon reaching its 150th publication, the Collection comprises 104 anthologies by Colombian poets and 46 by poets from countries throughout the world.

“The quality of the contents, the wise decisions in the selection, and the impeccable editorial work of the “Un Libro por Centavos” are the accomplishment of our Cultural Dean, Miguel Méndez Camacho, a great poet and intellectual (…) “He has the double merit of contributing to promoting culture and maintain readers’ deep and lively dialogue with poetry and our University with many of the most prominent Colombian and other international poets who have come, over the past 15 years, to our House of Studies to launch their books and share their thoughts, vision of the world, and their work,” states Rector Juan Carlos Henao.