The Embassy of El Salvador, 'Casa de la Cultura El Salvador' of Washington DC and Professor, Ana Patricia Rodriguez of the University of Maryland came together at the Salvadoran Embassy on Thursday evening January 21 to present a tribute to the most celebrated modern poet of El Salvador, Roque Dalton titled "Roque Dalton, Readings from Washington DC". Dalton, assassinated in 1975 was the most accomplished Central American writer of his day having won poetry prizes in the 1950s and the Casa de Las Americas award, one of the most prestigious literary awards in Latin America, in 1968. He excelled as a published writer of poetry, a novelist and wrote 3 theatre pieces and short stories as well as literary and political essays. He was a communist who later rejected the party but continued to be a committed revolutionary who was incarcerated and escaped death on numerous occasions only to fall victim of an assassination ordered by his own comrades in arms. After his death Dalton went on to become a literary icon and admired intellectual figure among his countrymen comparable to the great Ruben Dario of Nicaragua.