Dr. Alexis Levitin, a distinguished translator of Portuguese and Brazilian poetry and fiction, will present, “Translating the Music of Poetry” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 5 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center Heritage Hall.
According to Dr. Fred Fornoff, professor of Spanish at UPJ and fellow translator, “Alexis Levitin is thoroughly at home in a number of cultures. He’s a master craftsman whose visit to UPJ provides students, faculty and other members of the community insight into the way poetry opens intimate links between cultures and individuals. This will be an enriching event!”
Professor of English Literature at SUNY-Plattsburgh and Director of Bilingual Readings at the annual conference of the American Literary Translators Association, Dr. Levitin, has published translations in close to 200 literary magazines, 25 anthologies, and 14 books. Forbidden Words is his definitive bilingual edition of the selected poetry of the great Portuguese poet Eugénio de Andrade, which was published by New Directions in 2003. He has received grants, awards, and prizes from the NEA, New York State Council on the Arts, Columbia University Translation Center, Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation, Wheatland Foundation and, in Portugal, the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Camões Institute, and the Book Institute. He also was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency.
The event, which is being sponsored by the UPJ Humanities Division, is free of charge and open to the public.
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