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Joynes Event: Poet Salgado Maranhão and Translator Alexis Levitin

Thu, November 15, 2012
Joynes Event:  Poet Salgado Maranhão and Translator Alexis Levitin
Sponsored by: Department of English, Mary Lu Joynes Endowment in Plan II, the L.L. & Ethel E. Dean Endowment in UGS and Comparative Literature.
Salgado Maranhão (1953-) is a Brazilian poet who became prominent as a lyricist by working with famous Brazilian music artists: Amelinha, Elba Ramalho, Ney Matogrosso, Paulinho da Viola, Rosa Marya Colin, Vital Farias, and Zizi Possi among them.  In 1999, Maranhão received the Jabuti Prize, the most prestitious literaty recognition in Brazil.  He was named to the Brazilian Academy of Letters for poetry for his collection, The Color of the Word (A cor da palavra), and won Brazil's highest poetry award in 2011.  He lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. Later this year, his collection Blood of the Sun will be published in English, translated by Alexis Levitin.
Alexis Levitin is one of the most respected English-language translators of Portuguese and Brazilian literature, as well as literature from Ecuador. In addition to 20 books of translations, including eleven collections of poems by Portugal’s foremost living poet, Eugenio de Andrade, Alexis has published translations in approximately 25 anthologies and 200 literary journals such as Grand Street, Partisan Review, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, and Prairie Schooner. His numerous prizes, awards, and grants include those from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Columbia University Translation Center,  and, in Portugal, the Camões Institute, the Gulbenkian Foundation, and the Book Institute. He has also received a prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency.

This event is free and open to the public.

Joynes Reading Room (Carothers 007), Carothers Hall, 2501 Whitis Ave

Call 512-471-5787 for more information

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