Pavilion Poets launch with Venus Khoury-Ghata, Marilyn Hacker, Nuar Alsadir and Jodie Hollander. 5.30pm, School of the Arts Library, 19 Abercromby Square. Introduced by Pavilion Press editor, Professor Deryn Rees-Jones (University of Liverpool, English).
Venus Khoury-Ghata is a Lebanese poet and novelist, resident in France since 1973, the author of sixteen collections of poems and twenty novels. She received the Prix Mallarme in 1987 for Monologue du mort, and the Grand Prix de la Societe des Gens de Lettres for Fables pour un people d'argile in 1992, and she was named a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 2000. Her work has been translated into Arabic, Dutch, German, Italian and Russian, and she herself translates contemporary Arabic poetry into French. Her most recent collection of poems, Les obscurcis, was published in 2008 by Mercure de France, which also published her novel Sept pierres pour la femme adultere in 2007. Three collections of her poems and one novel, all translated by Marilyn Hacker, have appeared in English in the United States: She Says was a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award in poetry in 2003.
Marilyn Hacker was born in New York City in 1942. She is the author of several books including Essays on Departure (Carcanet, 2006) and the following books of poetry, First Cities: Collected Early Poems 1960-1979 (2003); Squares and Courtyards (2000); Winter Numbers (1994), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award; Selected Poems 1965-1990 (1994), which received the Poets' Prize; Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons (1986); Assumptions (1985); Taking Notice (1980); Going Back to the River (1990), for which she received a Lambda Literary Award; Separations (1976); and Presentation Piece (1974), which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets and a National Book Award winner. She also translated Venus Khoury-Ghata's poetry, notably the award-winning Alphabets of Sand (Carcanet, 2009) and also published in She Says (2003) and Here There Was Once a Country (2001). Hacker was editor of The Kenyon Review from 1990 to 1994, and has received numerous honours, including the American PEN Voelcker Award, 2010 (for a mid-career poet), the American PEN Award for Poetry in Translation (2009) for Marie Etienne's King of a Hundred Horsemen, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature (2004), the Poets' Prize 1996 for Selected Poems, and the Lenore Marshall Award of the Academy of American Poets (1995) for Winter Numbers. She lives in Paris.
Nuar Alsadir is the author of More Shadow Than Bird (Salt Publishing, 2012). About Alsadir's first book of poems, David Baker of The Kenyon Review wrote, “These are distinctive, tight, sonic little mysteries. Dickinson abides here.” Her poems and essays have been published in numerous periodicals, including The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Grand Street, Slate, the Awl, the New York Times Magazine, Tin House, AGNI, and Callaloo. She has received writing fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, The Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, The Norman Mailer Center, and Ledig House International. Alsadir earned her BA from Amherst College, and her MA in creative writing and PhD in English literature from NYU. She teaches writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.
Jodie Hollander originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England, and her poems have appeared in journals such as The Poetry Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, Verse Daily, Ambit, Agenda, The Raintown Review, The Best Australian Poems of 2011, and The Best Australian Poems of 2015. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Italy, a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland, and attended the MacDowell Colony in February of 2015. Her debut publication, The Humane Society, was released with Tall-Lighthouse (UK) in November 2012. She currently lives in Avon, Colorado.
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