Poet Jean Valentine to Read Tuesday at 7:30 pm.

The reading is in Stoddard Hall Auditorium. She will also be giving a talk on Thursday at 4:30 pm in the Poetry Center.

Poet Jean Valentine

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
7:30 pm Poetry Reading
Stoddard Hall Auditorium
Thursday, February 28, 2013
4:30 pm "Notes on Translating Tsvetaeva" - a talk by Jean Valentine - Poetry Center, Wright Hall

The reading is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible, and will be followed by a booksale and signing. For more information, please see the Smith College news release or the Poetry Center website.

Born in Chicago and educated at Radcliffe College, Valentine has lived most of her life in New York City and served as the New York State Poet Laureate from 2008-10. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, Columbia University and the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan and is currently on the faculty of Drew University’s graduate program in poetry and poetry in translation.

In December, Alice James Books published Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, co-translated by Valentine and Russian writer Ilya Kaminsky. The extra event on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Poetry Center, will feature bilingual readings of poems by Tsvetaeva, whose work is considered among the greatest in 20th-century Russian literature. Valentine will discuss the process of working with Kaminsky and why they call their translations of Tsvetaeva’s poems “readings.” 

Link to past SC Libraries Poetry Center Readings resource pages.

book cover Door in the Mountain by Jean Valentine





Jean Valentine received the National Book Award for Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 2004.







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Site Link
Jean Valentine's website - news, books, poems, contact, bio http://www.jeanvalentine.com/
Poets.org - poems, bio, and more (audio) http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/760
The Poetry Foundation - bio, poems, and more http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/jean-valentine
Youtube - Jean Valentine reading http://www.youtube.com


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