THE BLOG @ TIR
November 14, 2012
Check out this award-winning video, "Poets in No Man's Land," by scholar and poet Stephanos Stephanides, a former International Writing Program symposium participant and featured writer in the IWP's "100 Words" project.
"Poets in No Man's Land" won the award for Video Poetry at the 2012 Cyprus International Film Festival and was co-produced by filmmaker Stephen Nugent.
To view Stephanides's "100 Words" video, "Home/Land," visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVcU6C_cpKc.
Stephanides is a dean and professor of comparative literature at Cyprus University in Nicosia.
November 13, 2012
The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa recently launched Whitman Web, a multimedia web gallery featuring Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself in 52 weekly installments, alongside translations in eight other languages (Chinese, French, German, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian), as well as photographs, commentary, discussion questions, and recordings.
Each installment of the poem will be accompanied by commentaries from distinguished Whitman scholar and University of Iowa professor Ed Folsom, who co-directs the Walt Whitman Archive, and poet, writer, and translator Christopher Merrill, director of the IWP. These commentaries, designed to orient, inspire, and challenge readers, will be translated into Persian and Russian, with translations into Chinese and other languages forthcoming. Whitman Web plans to further enhance the website with additional translations of the poem and commentaries as they become available.
Readers will also be able to listen to a new section of the poem read aloud each week in English by University of Iowa professor of acting Eric Forsythe, and in Persian by the poem’s co-translator, Iran-born Los-Angeles-based poet Sholeh Wolpe.
Photographs from the vast Walt Whitman Archive will trace Whitman through his adulthood so that, by the end of the poem, readers will see him in old age. Weekly discussion questions will be distributed via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks.
November 8, 2012
Words Without Borders: The Online Magazine for International Literature recently published an interview with TIR Editor Russell Scott Valentino about his work as a translator of Italian, Croatian, and Russian. Read it here. One tidbit: "Lately I’ve been thinking about translation as a kind of adoption, as when one adopts a child. You take her from her home context, love and care for her, teach her what you know, and then, when she gets big enough and, you hope, has learned enough from you to live on her own, you introduce her to the world and hope she can thrive."
November 8, 2012
Tonight at Prairie Lights bookstore, Iowa Review senior editor Nick Twemlow will read from Palm Trees, his first full-length collection. Robert Fernandez describes Twemlow as a poet “at once debased and ecstatic, resigned and ambitious, victim and victimizer.” Of the book itself, he declares: “For those who would know how to live and work in poetry courageously and with a sense of joyful abandon, this book is as much a sneer as a welcoming occasion, a gauntlet thrown down.” Nick Twemlow’s poems have appeared in A Public Space, Boston Review, jubilat, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009, and elsewhere, and his chapbook, Your Mouth is Everywhere, was published in 2010. He has worked as an editor for Northwest Review, The Poetry Foundation, and The Canary. He is currently coeditor of Canarium Books. He has been a Brown Foundation Fellow and spent a year in New Zealand as a Fulbright Fellow. He holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
October 23, 2012
"For the very real people in David Ebenbach's vivid and emotional stories, becoming a parent&emdash;as Judith, the single mother in four of the stories, says—is going 'into the wilderness.' A trip into the unknown, the primitive, the real. One single moment, the birth of a child, changes everything. It is the oldest human story and, in Ebenbach's sure hands, the truest and most moving."
—Jesse Lee Kercheval
Former TIR contributor David Ebenbach, author of "The Guy We Didn't Invite to the Orgy" (40/2), just released his new book of short stories, Into the Wilderness (Washington Writers' Publishing House 2012). Check it out!