Arabian Romantic: A ‘Linear Descendent’ of Early Arabic Classics

via ArabLit: Marcel Kurpershoek, editor-translator of ‘Abdallah ibn Sbayyil’s Arabian Romantic: Poems on Bedouin Life and Love, first became acquainted with Nabati poetry in the 1980s, while working as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia. He has also translated Hmedan al-Shweʿir’s Arabian Satire: Poetry from 18th Century Najdand is currently a senior research fellow at New York University Abu Dhabi, where he specializes in the oral traditions and poetry of Arabia. He … Read more Arabian Romantic: A ‘Linear Descendent’ of Early Arabic Classics

‘Loss Sings’: Translating Grief

James E Montgomery’s Loss Sings is the latest title in the beautiful Cahiers Series, explorations of writing and translation that also includes work by Lydia Davis, Elfriede Jelinek, and Maureen Freely; via the always excellent ArabLit, Arabic Literature and Translation: By Tam Hussein On the face of it, Loss Sings claims to be fifteen translations of al-Khansā, a much celebrated Arabian poet of the seventh century whose threnodic poems commemorate the loss of her … Read more ‘Loss Sings’: Translating Grief

Eric Mottram Remembered: Videos of the Kings College Conference

                                 Eric Mottram Remembered: Poet, Professor and Cultural Firebrand King’s College, London 23 April 2018    Master of Ceremonies: Clive Bush Videos: Optic Nerve                                          1 An introduction to the Mottram papers by Valerie Soar, including her recent work Eric, the man and his archive 2 Allen Fisher on The Ethical and Marvellous:  Eric  Mottram and Visual Art 3 Dale Carter on From State to Doer:   Eric Mottram … Read more Eric Mottram Remembered: Videos of the Kings College Conference

International Translation Day with PEN America: Readings @ KGB Bar

  Celebrate International Translation Day with the PEN America Translation Committee KGB BAR 85 east 4th street NYC September 30, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Join us for an evening celebrating International Translation Day and 2018 as the Year of Publishing Women.  Translators from the PEN America Translation Committee will read from recently published work or work-in-progress by women writers from around the world. Linda Baker will read … Read more International Translation Day with PEN America: Readings @ KGB Bar

Henri Michaux, Richard Sieburth, Pierre Joris

Monday, Oct 1, 6:30pm New York, NY The Imagination of Henri Michaux Join Richard Sieburth and Pierre Joris as they discuss Sieburth’s new translation of Henri Michaux’s A Certain Plume (NYRB). Henri Michaux was born in Namur, Belgium, and settled in Paris in the 1920s. There, taken by imagination and creativity, he began to write and paint, and his work drew the attention and praise of influential critics, André Gide and Maurice Blanchot among them. … Read more Henri Michaux, Richard Sieburth, Pierre Joris

On Claude Pélieu: James Horton interviewed re Pélieu exhibition & Irish Examiner Review.

     & here a recent article on the exhibition in The Irish Examiner: UCC exhibition sheds light on obscure Beat figure Claude Pélieu fought in Algeria and had a key role in bringing the works of Burroughs and others to the world, writes Marjorie Brennan. The influence of the Beat Generation has extended far beyond the writers’ core body of work, most of which was produced in the … Read more On Claude Pélieu: James Horton interviewed re Pélieu exhibition & Irish Examiner Review.

David Larsen’s Translation of ‘Names of the Lion’ Wins Harold Morton Landon Award

via ArabLit: The 2018 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award — selected by Ammiel Alcalay — has gone to David Larsen’s brilliant translation of Ibn Khalawayh’s Names of the Lion, which was published last year. This $1,000 annual award, established in 1976, recognizes a poetry collection translated from any language into English that was published in the previous calendar year. Each year, a noted translator chooses the winning book. Tenth-century poet, philologist, … Read more David Larsen’s Translation of ‘Names of the Lion’ Wins Harold Morton Landon Award

Uri Avnery (1923-2018)

  Very saddened to learn this morning that Uri Avnery has died at 94. His weekly column which I read religiously — no, that’s the wrong word, though “irreligiously” won’t do either — as soon as his email appeared in my inbox, & which I often reposted on this blog, was one of the most insightful, intelligent, knowledgeable, and sanest analyses of the Israel/Palestine situation I knew of. He … Read more Uri Avnery (1923-2018)

Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018)

  A collection of Aretha links America was always at its best when Aretha Franklin’s voice was the loudest in the room. We got one last reminder of that in the shadow of her passing, as a word one never associates with modern social media began to trend: Respect. David Remnick in The New Yorker: “Aretha Franklin’s voice was a pure, painful, and unforgettable expression of American history and … Read more Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018)