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Mid-American Review welcomes Alexis Levitin

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 23, 2007

Mid-American Review is welcoming translator and SUNY Plattsburgh professor Alexis Levitin to BGSU. He will deliver his presentation “Translating the Music of Poetry,” and also offer a short reading.

Levitin is the translator of hundreds of works of Portuguese poetry and fiction, as well as several English works into Portuguese. He has had his work published both in the form of whole collections and individually in over 200 magazines and journals, including Kenyon Review, New England Review, Partisan Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, and, of course, our own Mid-American Review. Levitin tells Miriam N. Kotzin of Per Contra magazine in their Spring 2007 issue:

I have always been a para-literary person, surrounded by writers all my life, yet never writing myself. Translation gave me the joy of a deep engagement with language, an anchor to cling to (the original text), and the rewards of literary activity, without that overwhelming and terrifying leap into space that primary creative writing requires. In a word, I never had to face a blank page alone.

Please come and enjoy this special free event, this Wednesday, April 25th, from 4:30-6 pm in Room 207 of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.


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