Worlds in Words Translation Series Presents Forrest Gander & Patricio Ferrari

Thursday, March 7, 2019 6:00 PM to 7:10 PM
Fenwick Library, Fenwick Reading Room, on the Second Floor of Fenwick Library

Mason Creative Writing is proud to announce Worlds in Words, our spring 2019 series of translation talks, sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, in collaboration with the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center.

Forrest Gander and Patricio Ferrari will discuss and read from their translation of Alejandra Pizarnik’s The Galloping Hour, a collection of Pizarnik’s French poetry, recently published by New Directions.

This talk is presented by the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center in conjunction with Worlds in Words Translation Talks.

The talk will be followed by Forrest Gander reading from his latest collection of poems Be With (New Directions), a 2018 National Book Awards finalist, at 7:30 p.m. in the same location.

Forrest Gander was born in the Mojave Desert and grew up, for the most part, in Virginia. Trenchant periods of his life were spent in San Francisco, Dolores Hidalgo (Mexico), and Eureka Springs, Arkansas. With degrees in both geology and English literature, Gander is the author of numerous books of poetry, translation, fiction, and essays. He’s the A.K. Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University. A U.S. Artists Rockefeller fellow, Gander has been recipient of grants from the NEA, the Guggenheim, Howard, Witter Bynner and Whiting foundations. His 2011 collection Core Samples from the World was an NBCC and Pulitzer Prize finalist for poetry.

Argentinian-born Patricio Ferrari has translated poetry from French (Alejandra Pizarnik), Portuguese (Fernando Pessoa, António Osório), English (Frank Stanford, Laynie Browne), and Hindi (Vidrohi). A polyglot, his work as a poet, editor, and translator bridges a life between languages. He edited two journals in the U.S. on Pessoa’s English writings (Tagus Press & Gávea Brown) and published eight editions of Pessoa’s works including the first critical edition of his Poèmes français [French Poems] (Paris, Editions de la Différence, 2014) and Teatro Estático [Static Theater] (Tinta-da-china, 2017). Ferrari resides in New York City and teaches at Rutgers University, while serving as President of San Patricio Language Institute (Merlo, Argentina) and pursuing a collaboration with the Endangered Language Alliance, a non-profit organization focused on the linguistic diversity of urban areas throughout the world.