Nicaraguan Poet, Sociologist and Writer Isolda Hurtado
Nicaraguan poet, writer, sociologist and translator, Isolda Hurtado, was born in Granada on January 22, 1956. She studied Sociology and Philosophy at the University of New Orleans, later going on to study Photography, Theater and Languages at the New Orleans University of Loyola, before completing graduate studies in Development Cooperation with the Latin American School of Social Sciences (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales – FLACSO). As a co-founder of the Nicaraguan Association of Writers (ANIDE), Isolda Hurtado served in the position of chairperson from 2010 to 2012.
Isolda Hurtado first revealed her talent for writing in the early 1990s, with her works being published in poetry and literary journals both in Nicaragua and beyond her home country’s borders. She published her first collection of poems, Silencio de Alas (Silent Wings) in 1999, which met with critical acclaim. This was followed in 2002 with her book Florece el naranjo (Flowers of Orange) which was slected for publication in the annual competition of the Nicaraguan Writer Center by a panel of judges that included Ernesto Cardenal and Edwin Yllescas. Also in 2002, this talented Nicaraguan writer published a socio-cultural essay entitled Diagnóstico del Arte Contemporáneo en Nicaragua (Diagnosis of Contemporary Art in Nicaragua). In 2004 and 2007 respectively, Isolda Hurtado published an anthology entitled Poemas (Poems) and Brisa y Júbilo (Brisa and Joy). Her poetry has been translated into French, English, Portuguese and Italian and has been included in anthologies of poetry in South and Central America, as well as in Europe.
Other notable achievements by Isolda Hurtado include being the co-organizer of the ‘First Congress of Central American Writers’ which was held in Managua in March 2002, as well as being the General Coordinator of the Second Congress of Writers which took place in Managua in October 2010 and serving on the board of the International Poetry Festival held in Granada.
When asked in an interview where and how she started writing, Isolda Hurtado revealed that she is inspired by the world in which she lives, and writes about subjects that move her emotionally. She notes that she was introduced to reading literature from around the world by her parents, who had an extensive collection of books and she was also fortunate to have the opportunities to pursue an education in fields that interested her. She also encourages people to take the time to read and expand their horizons through the written word.