September 26, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Stadler Center for Poetry and Bucknell University Press will host a bilingual poetry reading Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, honors the work of Chilean poet Tomás Harris and French poet Yves Bonnefoy.

Harris will read his poetry in the original Spanish and poet/translator Daniel Shapiro will read in English translation. Penn State French professor Jean-Claude Vuillemin will read Bonnefoy's poetry in the original French and poet/translator Emily Grosholz will read in English translation. (Bonnefoy will not be in attendance.)

Prior to the reading, there will be a panel discussion at 4 p.m. in Smith Library, Vaughan Literature Building. Stadler Center Director Shara McCallum and Bucknell University Press Director Greg Clingham will join Harris, Shapiro, Grosholz, and Vuillemin for a discussion of literary translation.

This gathering is held in recognition of the Press' recent publication of Bonnefoy's book Début et fin de la neige, translated by Grosholz, and Harris' book Cipango, translated by Shapiro.

In conjunction with the reading and panel, Samek Art Gallery will display artwork by Iranian/French artist Farhad Ostovani, Bonnefoy's longtime collaborator and illustrator. "Farhad Ostovani: Works on Paper and Prints" will open in the Samek's Connections Gallery on Oct. 2 and remain on display until Oct. 30.

Harris has published seven books of poetry and a collection of stories in his native Chile. An instructor at the University Finis Terrae, he also has taught at the University of Concepción. He is a researcher at the National Library of Chile and an assistant editor of the magazine Mapocho. Harris was awarded the Casa de las Americas Prize in 1997 for his book Crónicas maravillosas.

Often described as the greatest French post-war poet, Bonnefoy trained as a philosopher, and is an essayist, literary critic, and art historian. In 1981, he succeeded Roland Barthes at the Collège de France in Paris. He is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently L'heure présente, as well as numerous works on art, history and poetry. His many honors include, most recently, Canada's Griffin Poetry Prize (2011). Please note that Bonnefoy will not be in attendance for these events.

For more information, contact the Stadler Center for Poetry at 570-577-1853 or visit 

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