On 12 October 2019 I gave a performative lecture at Gavin Brown in Trastevere. This was a talk and song on the poetic line: thinking with Charles Olson, R. Murray Schafer, Avital Ronell, Rebecca Comay, Willa Cather and so many more. It was a beautiful and strikingly moving occasion for me, under Laura Owen’s wonderous painting. I do hope I get to do more performances like this one in the near future.
I am so excited to share this review I wrote for Words Without Borders and hopefully encourage more writers to check out this gorgeous books from Wave Books edited by Ben Lerner. Keep/ the window open is a collection of some of Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop’s most important work of all kinds.
I wrote a review about a very important book of poems by Josué Guébo in Tripwire Journal. They were translated from the Portuguese by Todd Fredson. I am honored to be in this remarkable issue of this valuable journal.
In the latest issue of The Literary Review, edited by the inimitable Minna Proctor:
Leyla Khalil, translated from Italian by Allison Grimaldi-Donahue
In a Land Strange to Us
We saw each other in a land that was strange to you, the first time: me on the other side of that metal detector, hoping you would make it sound.
What a wild couple of weeks. It was an honor to be on a panel about translation and love with such wonderful co-panelists. We reached from heartbreak to mother tongue(s) to Jean-Luc Nancy and beyond at the American Literary Translators’ Conference 41st Meeting in Indianapolis. I read a piece of a new translation of Patrizia Vicinelli’s work.
(Left to right Lida Nostrati, Nicholas Glastonbury, me, Jacqui Cornetta, Kira Josefsson photo: María José Giminez)
From there it was off to my alma mater Middlebury College to teach a short course on translation for the theater with my collaborator Nerina Cocchi. We were hosted by the Italian Department for a series of workshops, talks, lectures and a performance. Thanks to Stefano Mula and Sandra Carletti especially.
(Middlebury College, Vermont)
Last but not least on this whirlwind adventure was being a guest critic for colleague and friend Marco Palmieri at Cornell University’s Rome campus. We talked about art writing, blending and crossing genre and form and how hobbies and become full on practices. We then headed over to the French Academy at Villa Medici to look at work by Etel Adnan, Jean Genet, Federico Fellini, Victor Hugo and many many more.
(Etel Adnan, painting)
Honored to have my work in this book dedicated to the feminine in art criticism for the celebration of the opening of the Carla Lonzi archive in Rome at the National Gallery of Modern Art. Download the PDF to read my essay on Carol Rama, Sappho and moods of love.
Excited for this book to arrive in my mailbox. Thank you Kay. x.
Thank you to the British Centre for Literary Translation and Fiona Sampson, teacher and editor on this issue. x.