Translating the Poetry of Urgency, Sponsored by ALTA

Room 331, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Saturday, March 11, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


What are “urgent poems”? Although they arise as responses to critical situations, they know no borders and are essential to our survival, as well as our humanity. This panel of poets and scholars—translating from such languages as French (Canada and Congo-Brazzaville), German, Russian, and Spanish / K'iche' Mayan—will briefly discuss, then read bilingual examples of poems that demand to be heard. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2023_Poetry_of_Urgency_Event_Outline.pdf



Nancy Naomi Carlson has authored twelve titles (eight translations), and she has won the 2022 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. A BTBA and CLMP finalist, she received two NEA translation grants and was decorated with the French Academic Palms. An Infusion of Violets was named "new & noteworthy" by the New York Times.

Boris Dralyuk, editor in chief of The Los Angeles Review of Books, is the translator of Isaac Babel, Andrey Kurkov, Maxim Osipov, and other authors. His poems have appeared in the NYRB, The Hudson Review, The Hopkins Review, and elsewhere. His debut collection is My Hollywood and Other Poems.

Cynthia Hogue has published nine poetry collections, most recently Revenance and In June the Labyrinth. Her co-translation of Nicole Brossard's Lointaines Is Distantly (Omnidawn). Hogue was the inaugural Marshall Chair in Poetry at Arizona State University. She is Emerita Professor of English.

Gabriela Ramirez-Chavez is a poet and translator. Her translations have appeared in Poetry, Asymptote, and TANJ, among other venues. Gabriela’s poetry has been featured in literary journals and anthologies, including The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States.

Joshua Weiner is the author of three books of poetry (all from Chicago), Berlin Notebook (LARB), and the translator of Nelly Sachs' Flight & Metamorphosis (FSG). The recipient of Rome Prize, Whiting Award, and Guggenheim Fellowships, he is professor of English at University of Maryland.


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