8:00pm – 10:00pm
Big Bear Cafe
1st and R NW
Susan Tichy is the author of four books, including A Smell of Burning Starts the Day (Wesleyan University Press) and The Hands in Exile (Random House), which was selected for the National Poetry Series. Ahsahta Press published the best-selling Bone Pagoda in 2007, and the recently released Gallowglass. Her poems have appeared widely in the US and Britain, and have been recognized by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by numerous other awards. She teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at George Mason University in Virginia, and otherwise makes her home in a ghost town in the Colorado Rockies.
Sergio Waisman is the author of the novel ‘Leaving’ (2004) and of the book of literary criticism ‘Borges and Translation: The Irreverence of the Periphery’ (2005). Waisman has also translated six books of Latin American literature, including ‘The Absent City’ by Ricardo Piglia, for which he received an NEA Translation Fellowship Award in 2000. His latest translation is ‘The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution’ by Mariano Azuela. Sergio Waisman is currently Associate Professor Spanish and International Affairs at The George Washington University.
Will Schutt is a poet and translator from New York City. He earned his BA from Oberlin College and his MFA from Hollins University, where he was a teaching fellow and editorial assistant at The Hollins Critic. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Faultline, FIELD, Harvard Review and The Southern Review. In 2003, he co-founded Verso, a culture and arts magazine based in Siena, Italy, where he was a contributing editor and translator until 2007. He guest edited the “Focus” section of the summer 2008 issue of A Public Space, which featured a selection of his translations of contemporary Italian fiction. He is also the recipient of the 2008 Gertrude Claytor Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets.
This will be one of Susan’s first readings from Gallowglass. She’s a great reader, so I’m incredibly bummed that I’ll be out of town for this one. Do come out and support her, Sergio, and Will (who is an incredible smoker of cigarettes. it’s really just fun to watch).