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Bilingual Poetry Reading: Destruction in the Afternoon
Start Date: 4/1/2015Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 4/1/2015End Time: 9:30 PM
Event Description:
A bilingual (Spanish/English) Poetry Reading from Santiago Vizcaino`s Devastacion en la tarde: Destruction in the Afternoon by Prof. Alexis Levitin and Santiago Vizcaino.

Santiago Vizcaino`s Devastacion en la tarde: Destruction in the Afternoon is an apocalyptic appreciation of the human condition today. Following the reading, there will be a question and answer session regarding translation, the state of poetry in Ecuador, the position of poetry in South America in general, and perhaps even questions of climate change as related to Santiago`s apocalyptic vision.

Santiago Vizcaino (Quito, Ecuador, 1982) graduated in Literature and Communication from the Universidad Católica of Ecuador in Quito. He spent a year studying the Management of Literary Patrimony in Malaga, Spain and is now pursuing a doctorate in Hispanic Literatures in Quito. His first book, Destruction in the Afternoon, received the National Prize for Literature in 2008 from the Ministry of Culture. At the same time, his critical study of the poetry of Alejandra Pizarnik, Speaking Silence, won second prize in the Ministry of Culture essay competition. In 2010, he won second prize for poetry in the Pichincha competition for his book In the Twilight. His first book of short stories To Kill Mother was published in Buenos Aires in 2012. Here in the USA, his poetry, translated by Alexis Levitin, has appeared in 16 literary magazines: Bitter Oleander, Chattahoochee Review,Connotation Press, Dirty Goat, Eleven/Eleven, eXchanges, Ezra, Lake Effect,Moon City Review,Osiris, Per Contra, Plume, Rowboat, Saranac Review,Subtropics, and Words Without Borders.

Alexis Levitin’s translations have appeared in well over 200 magazines, including New England Review, APR, Grand Street, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review and Prairie Schooner. His 35 books include Clarice Lispector’s Soulstorm and Eugenio de Andrade’s Forbidden Words, both from New Directions. His most recent books are Salgado Maranhao’s Blood of the Sun (Milkweed Editions, 2012), Ana Minga’s Tobacco Dogs (Bitter Oleander Press, 2013), and Eugenio de Andrade’s The Art of Patience (Red Dragonfly Press, 2013). In January and February, 2015, he taught in Guayaquil, Ecuador, as a Fulbright Specialist and translator.  In March of 2015, Diologos Imprint will bring out his translation of Santiago Vizcaino’s Destruction in the Afternoon. This fall, White Pine Press will publish his translation of Tiger Fur by Salgado Maranhão.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Kohlberg
Room: Kohlberg, Scheuer Room
Contact Information:
Name: Anna Everetts
Phone: (610) 328-7750
Event Sponsors
Latin American Studies, Russian and Spanish Sections of Modern Languages and Literatures, and the Tri-College Translation Group
Open To
The Public

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