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Saturday, October 13 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crossing Languages: A Journey of Poetry and Translation

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In this international and multilingual poetry event, three Boston-area literary translators--Catherine Ciepiela, Jim Kates, and Elizabeth Oehlkers--will read and discuss the work of major contemporary poets from Russia, Germany, France, Kazakhstan, and elsewhere. The translators will illuminate how the process of translation bridges multiple divides: language first, but also culture, ethnicity, nationality, gender, and more. The readers will also discuss the craft, challenges, and pleasures of literary translation. Poets to be discussed will include Polina Barskova and Mikhail Aizenberg from Russia, the Turkish-German poets Zafer Şenocak and Zehra Çirak, Kazakhstani poet Aigerim Tazhi, Jean-Pierre Rosnay from France, and others. All three translator-presenters have published with Zephyr Press, a leading poetry translation press based in Brookline that is sponsoring the event.

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Catherine Ciepiela

Catherine Ciepiela is a scholar and translator of Russian poetry who teaches at Amherst College. She is the author of The Same Solitude, a study of the letters and poems exchanged by Marina Tsvetaeva and Boris Pasternak, coeditor with Honor Moore of The Stray Dog Cabaret, and editor of Relocations, an anthology... Read More →
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J. Kates

J.  Kates is a poet, literary translator, and codirector of Zephyr Press. The author of several collections of his own poetry, he is also the translator of more than a dozen books by Russian and French poets, including Tatiana Shcherbina, Mikhail Aizenberg, Mikhail Yeryomin, Aleksey... Read More →
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Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright

Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright has translated the work of Turkish-German poets Zehra Çirak and Zafer Şenocak and cotranslated (with Franz Wright) a book by Valzhyna Mort from the Belorussian. Her translations have appeared widely in numerous literary publications, including Agni, Slope... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
BPL Commonwealth Salon Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116, USA