LIVING TRANSLATIONS IN ISTANBUL
Translation and Poetry Festival of Çevirmenin Notu
23 October 2010, Saturday
Panel at Nâzım Hikmet Kültür Merkezi, Kadıköy
Speakers: Donny Smith, Maria Eliades, Cliff Endres
Chair: Jeffrey Kahrs
The IIIrd Istanbul Translation & Poetry Festival of Çevirmenin Notu is being held at Nâzım Hikmet Kültür Merkezi in Kadıkoy every Saturday of October 3pm-6 pm. A panel session at this festival hosts four expat literary figures on 23rd October 2010. The panel starts at 3pm and will be chaired by Jeffrey Kahrs, a remarkable contemporary poet whose poetry has cultural references to the literature and culture of both the US and Turkey, a country where he has spent almost 20 years. Therefore, his poetry is a perfect example of the expat cross-cultural references which I would rather describe as “omnipresence” than “in-betweenness”.
The speakers of the panel are Donnie Smith, Cliff Enders and Maria Eliades. I believe all of these writers have depicted Istanbul and its cultural pattern in their own ways and therefore have precious adventures to share with us. You can find their short bionotes below:
Clifford Endres lives in Fener and teaches at Kadir Has University. He is the author of Austin City Limits and Joannes Secundus: The Latin Love Elegy in the Renaissance. His articles and translations (with Selhan Savcigil-Endres) have appeared in Agenda, Chicago Review, Edinburgh Review, Massachusetts Review, Quarterly West, Seneca Review, Southwest Review, Near East Review, The Turkish PEN and others. He has lately been writing on Edouard Roditi and Istanbul.
Donny Smith grew up in a small town in the United States and now teaches in Istanbul. His collection of Lâle Müldür translations, I Too Went to the Hunt of a Deer, was published in 2008. His own collection of poetry, Was Gone and Has Gone and Was Gone, also appeared that year. His translations of Wenceslao Maldonado’s book Si cortarle la cabeza a la Gorgona and of Cemal Süreya’s Üvercinka are to be published soon.
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