Mark Eisner edited The Essential Pablo Neruda, first published in the US by City Lights Books and published in the UK by Bloodaxe Book in 2010. He is a writer and filmmaker, and Founder and President of Red Poppy, which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting 'the power of poetry, the power to inspire and move emotions, the power to foster social justice'. Red Poppy's main focus is on Latin American poetry, and its current priority is completing a documentary film on Pablo Neruda.

Eisner received his Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and his Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in English/Creative Writing and Political Science from the University of Michigan. He spent several years backpacking and working throughout Latin America, and later received a fellowship to study at Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies. In 2002, he was awarded a grant by Stanford’s Oversees Studies Program to conduct research in Chile, and was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies.

Red Poppy is currently producing the first feature documentary on Neruda in English (with a Spanish version), Pablo Neruda: The Poet's Calling, 'a lyrical tapestry of rare archival footage, with incredible shots of his native land, captivating artistic poetic sequences, often with Neruda’s own voice, and compelling interviews with intimate friends and notable poets'. Produced by Mark Eisner, the film will be released at the same time as his new biography of Neruda, also called Pablo Neruda: The Poet's Calling, is published by Norton.

Books by Mark Eisner




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