Art of Translation Series: Erín MoureWednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us for a reading and Q&A celebrating the work and artistry of literary translation featuring Canadian poet and translator Erín Moure.
Moure will read from her newest translations: Sleepless Nights Under Capitalism: The Poems of John Wendell by Argentine poet and political exile Juan Gelman (1940-2014), and The Uplands: Book of the Courel and other poems by Uxío Novoneyra. The Uplands will be available for the first time in English.
Bringing ex-centric, ecstatic poetries into English for the first time
This program is a proud partner with Pittsburgh’s small press publisher of poetry in translation, Eulalia Books.
Reading and guided Q&A with Canadian poet and translator Erín Moure, whose new translation, Sleepless Nights Under Capitalism: The Poems of John Wendell by Argentine poet and political exile Juan Gelman (1940-2014), was released by Pittsburgh’s small press publisher of poetry in translation, Eulalia Books. Widely celebrated for her playful, polylingual “trans-elations,” Moure enters the poems of Gelman’s persona “John Wendell” because, in her words, they “embody the desire to translate out of oneself.” Moure’s exorbitant translations are always much more than translations: they are texts profoundly personal and poetic, which attest to the necessity of crossing languages and selves.
Erín Moure is a poet and translator. In Canada, the USA, and the UK, she has published 18 books of poetry, a co-authored book of poetry, a volume of essays, a book of short articles on translation, two memoirs. She is also translator or co-translator of 19 books of poetry and two of creative nonfiction (biopoetics) from French, Galician, Portunhol, Portuguese, and Spanish. Three of her own books have appeared in translation, one each in German, Galician, and French. Her work has received the Governor General’s Award, Pat Lowther Memorial Award, A.M. Klein Prize twice, and has been a three-time finalist for the Griffin Prize (twice for translations) and a two-time finalist for a Best Translated Book Award (USA-Poetry). A 40-year retrospective of her poetry, Planetary Noise: Selected Poetry of Erín Moure, appeared in 2017 from Wesleyan University Press.