Camarillo, Calif., Nov. 1, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the public to “Revolution and Writing,” an evening with renowned Nicaraguan poet, author and revolutionary Gioconda Belli, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Aliso Hall 150 on the CI campus.

Belli will read selected poems and excerpts from her latest award-winning novel, “The Country of Women (El País de las Mujeres),” in English and Spanish and engage in discussion with the audience.  The novel is a political satire that envisions a nation where women take over the government, send men home to “rest,” and enact broad social and political changes.

Belli is the leading poet of Nicaragua, one of Central America’s most celebrated writers, and an award-winning international best-selling author and poet.  She has written six novels, six books of poetry, a memoir, two children’s books, and numerous essays and political commentaries.  A central figure in the Nicaraguan Revolution, she held important positions in the Sandinista Party and the revolutionary government until 1993, when she left the party and became an outspoken critic of current President Daniel Ortega.  Belli teaches a fiction writing class for CI’s English program and divides her time between Los Angeles and Managua.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers.  Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way.  Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.  For exact times, check the schedule at

For more information, contact Dr. Joan Peters at 805-437-8448 or

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