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Literary Conference – Translation: Expanding Our Horizons

April 28 @ EST 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

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$15.00 – $20.00

Literature in translation offers important ways of connecting to and understanding the world. Listen in as three acclaimed authors and translators read from and discuss the indispensable work of transcending borders and barriers through language. 

Cyrus Cassells; Jennifer Kellogg; K.E. Semmel; Straumanis (moderator)

Cyrus Cassells is the 2021 Poet Laureate of Texas. His forthcoming book, Is There Room For Another Horse on Your Horse Ranch?  (Four Way Books, 2024) has been called by Lauren K. Alleyne “a melodic, earthy, and vibrant orchestra” and “music of defiant, delightful aliveness inviting us again and again into the being of our humanity.” His honors include a Guggenheim fellowship, the National Poetry Series, a Lambda Literary Award, a Lannan Literary Award, two NEA grants, a Pushcart Prize, and the William Carlos Williams Award. His collection The Gospel According to Wild Indigo (Southern Illinois University Press, 2018) was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award, the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award, and the Balcones Poetry Prize. Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas (Texas A&M University Press, 2019), translated from the Catalan, was awarded the Texas Institute of Letters’ Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translated Book of 2018 and 2019. Cassells teaches in the M.F.A. program at Texas State University.

Jennifer R. Kellogg is a Hellenist and literary translator from Modern Greek. Her translation of Nobel Prize-winning poet George Seferis’s Book of Exercises II, a collection of drafts, satire, and finished poems drawn from his diaries, is forthcoming from World Poetry Books. Kellogg’s translations have appeared in The CommonAGNI, and Kenyon Review.

“We’re paying off a varied folktale”: Seferis’ Historical Poetics by Jennifer R. Kellogg

George Seferis: Poetry in Translation from Greek translated from modern Greek by Jennifer R. Kellogg

George Seferis, Two Poems,  translated from modern Greek by Jennifer R. Kellogg

K.E. Semmel is a writer and translator of more than a dozen books from Danish and Norwegian., most recently, The World and Varvara (Spuyten Duyvil, 2023), by Simon Fruelund, for which he was awarded an NEA Literary Translation Fellowship. Semmel’s debut novel, The Book of Losman, is forthcoming from SFWP in October 2024. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ontario Review, Lithub, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Southern Review, Washington Post, and elsewhere. Find him online at kesemmel.com.

Kaija Straumanis is the Editorial Director of Open Letter Books and the Production Manager of Dalkey Archive Press. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2015 AATSEEL Book Award for Best Translation into English (Creative Literature) for her translation of High Tide by Inga Ābele (Open Letter, 2013), and the 2019 Lillian Fairchild Memorial Award for her translation of Doom 94 by Jānis Joņevs (Lasītava, 2018). Her translation of The River by Laura Vinogradova  is forthcoming from Open Letter Books in 2024.


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Books by Cyrus Cassells

The World That the Shooter Left Us
More Than Peace and Cypresses
To The Cypress Again and Again: Tribute to Salvador Espriu
Is There Room for Another Horse on Your Horse Ranch?
Still Life with Children
The Gospel According to Wild Indigo

Books by K.E. Semmel

The Book of Losman
The World and Varvara
Milk and Other Stories
Lone Star
Civil Twilight
Rock, Paper, Scissors

Books by Kaija Straumanis

High Tide
Flesh-Coloured Dominoes
The River

General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Seniors, Students and Writers & Books members: $15


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April 28
11:30 am - 12:45 pm
$15.00 – $20.00
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