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Asheville Wordfest 2012

Posted in Happenings, Poetry with tags , , , , , , on May 3, 2012 by C.C. Beissert

Asheville Wordfest is upon us. I’ll be reading at An Evening of Translation on Friday, May 4, at 9 p.m. at the Altamont Theatre, 18 Church Street, downtown. The event showcases English-language adaptations of works by Hafiz, Rainer Maria Rilke, Federico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Yvan Goll, Hughes-Alain Dal, and Stella Vinitichi Radulescu, read by poet-translators Thomas Rain Crowe, Nan Watkins, Luke Hankins, Erik Bendix, and Caleb Beissert, along with musical accompaniment.

An Evening of Translation is a reading and concert to promote the dissemination of poetry across cultures and language barriers, the scholarship and enjoyment of poets less familiar to English readers, and the importance of translation—its pitfalls, its gains, and its complexity, especially in regards to poetry. Adaptation is not simply the process of translating word for word, and it is, as Gregory Rabassa argues, “impossible.” So then, why do we translate? The translators will attempt to answer this question and more through a presentation of their work.

For more information about Wordfest, including a full schedule of events, please visit the website: www.ashevillewordfest.com

Portraits of the Poets

Posted in Art with tags , , on April 22, 2011 by C.C. Beissert

Artist George Terry McDonald donated several line drawings of the poets to be featured on the poster for An  Evening of Poetry in Translation. Below are images of the poster designed by Troy Lehman and the portraits by George Terry:

Poetry in Translation @ The Altamont

The Great Yvan Goll
Yvan Goll

"Claire Goll" by George Terry McDonald
Claire Goll

Garcia Lorca
Federico García Lorca

Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda

Ladik
Katalin Ladik

Stella
Stella Vinitchi Radulescu

See more of George Terry’s art by clicking here.

George Terry McDonald is an artist and singer-songwriter who divides his time among Charlotte, Asheville, and sometimes Spartanburg in the Carolinas. Known to many by his moniker “George Terry,” he is a child of the East Village and DC art scenes and has performed his music across the U.S., leaving stacks of paintings wherever he travels. He is currently working on a series of acrylic landscapes, as well as a new album with his band George Terry & the Zealots.

An Evening of Poetry in Translation

Posted in Happenings with tags , , , , on April 15, 2011 by C.C. Beissert

Translation Reading at The Altamont

Friday, May 6th, 2011, at The Altamont theatre in Asheville, NC

Click here to visit The Altamont’s website for further information.

An Evening of Poetry in Translation fuses music with the spoken word, promoting the dissemination of world poetry and multicultural voices. This reading features the poetry of Hafiz, Pablo Neruda, Federico García Lorca, Katalin Ladik, Yvan Goll, Claire Goll, Keszthely Reszo, Guillevic, Marc Ichall, Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, and Hugh-Alain Dal read in English-language adaptations by Thomas Rain Crowe, Nan Watkins, Emoke B’Racz, Luke Hankins, and Caleb Beissert.

The Altamont is a brand new, multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art, green-certified black box theater located in the heart of downtown Asheville. The venue also features a wine/beer bar and an art gallery.

This event is being held in conjunction with Asheville Wordfest.