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january, 2021

14janthuTranslation as Poetry/Poetry as Translation1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (22) CDT Event Type :Book Presentation

Event Details

A reading and conversation with Rebecca Kosick and Janet Hendrickson about their recent books, moderated by Laura Jansen . This event is co-hosted with the Bristol Poetry Institute.

1PM CST/7PM GMT (Online event)

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Translation as Poetry/Poetry as Translation: A Reading and Conversation with Rebecca Kosick and Janet Hendrickson

Rebecca Kosick and Janet Hendrickson discuss how writing and translation are inseparable practices during this transatlantic reading from their recent books. Rebecca Kosick’s Labor Day (Golias Books, 2020) is a serial poem set in the postindustrial Midwest that explores the landscapes of the author’s childhood through the distorted lens of memory. Janet Hendrickson’s Treasure of the Castilian or Spanish Language (New Directions, 2019), an experimental translation of a seventeenth-century dictionary by Sebastián de Covarrubias, turns the original into a series of prose poems. Laura Jansen of the University of Bristol will moderate the conversation.

Rebecca Kosick is the author of Labor Day (Golias Books 2020) and Material Poetics in Hemispheric America: Words and Objects, 1950-2010 (Edinburgh University Press 2020). Her poems and translations of poetry have appeared in venues including the Iowa Review, Fence, The Recluse, and In addition, she has published numerous academic articles and essays addressing 20th century and contemporary poetry in the Americas. Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer in Translation at the University of Bristol, UK, where she also co-directs the Bristol Poetry Institute and runs the Indisciplinary Poetics Research Cluster. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University.

Praise for Labor Day

“Layered with time and space, littered with the ruins of memory and language, Labor Day provides more questions than answers. Yet…against the repetitive erasure of time, Kosick still finds possibility in iteration.” – Harvard Review

Janet Hendrickson translates from Spanish and Portuguese. Her most recent project, Treasure of the Castilian or Spanish Language (New Directions, 2019), pairs translation and erasure to turn a 1611 dictionary by Sebastián de Covarrubias into a series of lexical poems. This book was longlisted for the 2020 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She is also the translator of The Future Is Not Ours (ed. Diego Trelles Paz, Open Letter, 2012), an anthology of short stories by young Latin American writers. Other work has appeared in venues including Granta, n+1, Mandorla, and The White Review. She holds a PhD in Romance Studies from Cornell and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. Currently she is a Postdoctoral Fellow of Spanish at the University of Dallas.

Praise for Treasure of the Castilian or Spanish Language

“Hendrickson’s choices poke fun at the arbitrary nature of definition, etymology, translation, and other word work, undermining the idea that any such activity can ever be objective . . . A delightful alchemy of erudite gleanings.” – Harper’s

“Covarrubias’s volume compels modern readers because of its ongoing contradictions and inconsistencies . . . Hendrickson’s volume is powerful because of the way it brings Covarrubias’s dictionary to new audiences: both through its approach to translation as a practice, and through its celebration of the dictionary as a poetic form.” – Public Books

Laura Jansen is Senior Lecturer in Classics & Comparative Literature at the University Bristol. She is author of Borges’ Classics: Global Encounters with the Graeco-Roman World (Cambridge 2018), volume editor of The Roman Paratext: Frame, Texts, Readers (Cambridge 2014) and Anne Carson/ Antiquity (Bloomsbury, 2021), and general editor of Bloomsbury monograph series Classical Receptions in Twentieth-Century Writing. Her next book is on Italo Calvino: Classics between Science and Literature. She is originally from Buenos Aires.

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