Translators on Translation: Peter Cole, Bill Porter (Red Pine), & Nikolai Popov
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Translators on Translation: Peter Cole, Bill Porter (Red Pine), & Nikolai Popov

Past Event: Sunday, November 6, 2011

Matthew Zapruder will moderate Translators on Translation Special perk for ticket holders! Poetry Series Subscribers or ticket buyers to Translators on Translation will receive a complimentary pass to Wave Books’ Annual Festival: Poetry in Translation.

As part of Wave Books’ three-day festival of Poetry in Translation, we are delighted to present three renowned translators who will each read from their translations and speak about their translation process. Peter Cole is the recipient of a 2007 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, has published three books of poetry, and is the foremost translator of contemporary Hebrew and Arabic poetry and fiction. Among his many translations is So What: New & Selected Poems, 1971-2005 by Taha Muhammad Ali (Copper Canyon Press). Bill Porter (aka Red Pine) is one of the finest translators of Chinese and Buddhist texts. His many translations have been honored by two NEA translation fellowships, a PEN translation award, the inaugural Asian Literature Award of the American Literary Translators Association, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Nikolai Popov, a James Joyce scholar and translator, co-translated with his wife Heather McHugh a collection of the poems of Blaga Dimitrova and Glottal Stop: 101 Poems by Paul Celan.

Moderator Matthew Zapruder

Poet, editor, teacher, and translator Matthew Zapruder published his first book of poetry, American Linden, in 2002. The Pajamaist, his second collection, was the winner of the 2007 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America and was one of Library Journal’s top ten poetry volumes of 2006. Come on All You Ghosts, Zapruder’s third book of poems was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2010. Zapruder lives in San Francisco and teaches poetry at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is also a co-founder of Verse Press (now Seattle’s Wave Books), where he continues to work as co-editor. He also teaches at the low-residency M.F.A. program at University of California Riverside, Palm Desert.