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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and the Center for Latin American Studies Present

Reading and Discussion With Brazilian Poet Salgado Maranhão and Translator Alexis Levitin

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Classics 21, 5pm

Join us for a conversation on poetry and Brazil, in which Salgado Maranhão and his translator will read passages from his most recently translated book, Tiger Fur (White Pine Press, 2015), and from the previous translation, Blood of the Sun (Milkweed Editions, 2012).

Salgado Maranhão is one of the best known poets of his generation in Brazil. Just this August, the Union of Brazilian Writers honored him with its poetry award for his retrospective collection A cor da palavra. In 2014, he won the Brazilian PEN Club prize for his book O mapa da tribo. In 2011 he won the poetry award from the Brazilian Academy of Letters for the above mentioned A cor da palavra, and in 1999 he won the prestigious Jabuti for Mural de ventos. At this stage he has won every major literary award available in Brazil. He has also collaborated extensively with well-known Brazilian musicians and composers and his work has appeared on a number of recordings.

Alexis Levitin has translated thirty-eight books, including Clarice Lispector’s Soulstorm and Eugenio de Andrade’s Forbidden Words (both from New Directions). Books published in 2015 include: 28 Portuguese Poets, translated with Richard Zenith, (Dedalus Press, Dublin, Ireland), Destruction in the Afternoon by Santiago Vizcaino (Dialogos Books, New Orleans), Exemplary Tales by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (Tagus Press), and Salgado Maranhão’s Tiger Fur. He has been awarded three Fulbrights and two National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships. He has held translation residencies at the Banff International Translation Center, The European Translators Collegium in Straelen, Germany (twice), and the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center at Bellagio.

For more information or if you need an accommodation in order to attend, please contact Victoria Saramago at