The Word Works, the DC-Area Literary Translators Network (DC-ALT), and The Writer’s Center present Barbara Goldberg reading from her poetry anthology Transformation and Katherine E. Young reading work by Akram Aylisli (prose) and Inna Kabysh (poetry). Café Muse opens at 7 pm with refreshments and classical guitar by Michael Davis; readings begin at 7:30.
BARBARA GOLDBERG authored six prize-winning books of poetry including The Royal Baker’s Daughter, winner of the Felix Pollak Poetry Prize (U Wisconsin Press, 2008). Her most recent book Transformation: The Poetry of Translation (Poets Choice Publishing, 2019) received the Valentin Krustev Translation Award. Together with Israeli poet Moshe Dor she edited numerous anthologies of contemporary Israeli poetry including After the First Rain: Israeli Poems on War and Peace (Syracuse U Press, 1998). Goldberg received two NEA fellowships and the Armand G. Erpf Award from Columbia University’s Translation Center. Her work appears in Best American Poetry, Paris Review, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. She is Series Editor for the International Editions at The Word Works.
KATHERINE E. YOUNG is the author of Day of the Border Guards (U. of Arkansas, 2014), finalist for the 2014 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks. She translated Farewell, Aylis (Academic Studies Press, 2018) by the Azerbaijani writer, novelist, playwright, editor, and political prisoner Akram Aylisli. It was named one of 2018’s “11 groundbreaking works” by Words Without Borders. She also translated Blue Birds and Red Horses (Toad Press, 2018) and Two Poems (Artist’s Proof Editions, 2014) by the award-winning Russian poet Inna Kabysh. Young’s award-winning translations of Russian-language authors have been widely published. She is a 2017 NEA translation fellow and served as the inaugural Poet Laureate for Arlington, VA, from 2016-2018.
Please note that the August reading will NOT be followed by an open mic. The Word Works is a nonprofit literary organization publishing contemporary poetry in artistic editions and sponsoring programs for more than 40 years. The Writer’s Center has been hosting literary programs in the D.C. area since 1976.