Poets House on Kathleen Fraser (1935 – 2019)

You can tear up your lecture notes now, erase every phone number under my name and go shopping in someone else’s suitcase. I’ve changed my address again. –Kathleen Fraser Change of Address, Kayak Books, 1966 Poets House is saddened by the loss of poet Kathleen Fraser, who passed away this week. Poets House had a long relationship with Kathleen, who was once a student of Stanley Kunitz, our co-founder, … Read more Poets House on Kathleen Fraser (1935 – 2019)

A Look at 99 Books: Algerian Literature in English Translation

via ArabLit /Arabic Literature and Translation: Which Algerian books have been translated to English, which haven’t, and which should be? By Nadia Ghanem As Algeria approaches another momentous step in its political history with a presidential election that, like Brexit, could happen or not but probably yes rather than not, what better time than to plunge into the fiction of Algerian novelists who have played, like their counterparts everywhere, … Read more A Look at 99 Books: Algerian Literature in English Translation

Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio

Happy New Year! Let me start this year’s bloggin’ with a musical snippet: Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio playing at The Owl Music Parlor in Brooklyn on 1.3.19. The 7:31 seconds of last night’s gig were chosen by the objective chance method of my iPhone & I doing what we do.

PIK on Climate Summit COP24 in Katowice

The UN climate summit COP24 in Katowice, Poland, closed; below PIK’s statement which I think is somewhat overoptimistic, remembering that the Paris agreement does not entail any compulsion toward change. COP24 President Michal Kurtyka’s celebration (cf. pix above) at the end of COP24  seems wildly out of proportion with what was actually achieved. On this issue, Johan Rockström, resilience scientist who as Director Designate is leading the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research together … Read more PIK on Climate Summit COP24 in Katowice

Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide:

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research  Climate Change drives Rainfall Extremes More and more rainfall extremes are observed in regions around the globe – triggering both wet and dry records, a new study shows. Yet there are big differences between regions: The central and Eastern US, northern Europe and northern Asia have experienced heavy rainfall events that have led to severe floods in recent past. In … Read more Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide:

Two Arabic Translations Longlisted for 2019 PEN Awards

via ArabLit, 12.12.18. Yesterday, PEN America announced the longlists for its 2019 literary awards. Ninety titles are in the running for prizes that honor fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation: On the ten-book longlist celebrating poetry in translation are two titles by Arab authors: The Shutters, Ahmed Bouanani (New Directions)Translated from the French by Emma Ramadan Revolution Goes Through Walls, Safaa Fathy (SplitLevel Texts)Translated from the Arabic by Safaa Fathy and Pierre Joris Safaa Fathy is … Read more Two Arabic Translations Longlisted for 2019 PEN Awards

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70.

Here it is, read by 30 international writers, artists and students for the berlin international literature festival.

Nine Translations from Arabic Forthcoming this Month

Nine translations from the Arabic — at least, translated from the Arabic in some roundabout fashion — forthcoming this month: 1) We Have Buried the Past, by Moroccan novelist ‘Abd al-karim Ghallab, translated by Roger Allen. Forthcoming from Haus Publishing on November 19, 2018. From the publisher: Written after the country gained independence, the historical novel follows two generations of al-Tihamis, a well-to-do family residing in Fez’s ancient medina. The … Read more Nine Translations from Arabic Forthcoming this Month

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

Happy birthday, Mostafa Nissabouri!

Today is the birthday of the great Moroccan poet Mostafa Nissabouri. Here, the little commentary we published to accompany his work in Habib Tengour’s & my North African — Poems for the Millennium anthology: “Born in 1943, Mostafa Nissabouri is a core representative of contemporary francophone Moroccan poetry, co-founder — with Abdellatif Laâbi & Mohamed Khair-Eddine — of the great avant-garde 1960s magazine Souffles, & was later editor of Intégral. Writes James … Read more Happy birthday, Mostafa Nissabouri!