Oxford Translation Day: June 10–11

For any of you who may be in range of Oxford, I’ll be giving a talk/reading there on June 10 with the brilliant Nicola Gardini as part of this year’s Oxford Translation Day. (Link to register here.) Padma will be participating in a panel discussion the following day (details and link to register here.) The […] Read more ...

Wolfson’s World Poetry Night

Tomorrow evening I’ll be hosting Wolfson’s World Poetry Night. (It had originally been scheduled for last month, to coincide with UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, but I got the covid.) If you’re in the Cambridge area, you’re welcome to join us for wine and cheese and poetry, in many voices, from many languages. You can just […] Read more ...

Reading @ Newburyport on April 30

I’m looking forward to sharing a Zoom stage with Boston poet Danielle Legros Georges from 2-3 pm (eastern time) on Saturday, April 30. We’ll each be reading poems and translations as part of the annual Newburyport Literary Festival, which is happening virtually again this year. Here is a link to register. Read more ...

Tempo: Excursions in 21st-Century Italian Poetry

Today is the pub date for Luca Paci’s impressive-looking new anthology, Tempo: Excursions in 21st Century Italian Poetry. I’m pleased to have a few of my translations included, of poems by Patrizia Valduga and Franco Buffoni. ____________ JACKET COPY Contemporary Italian poetry offers an extraordinary array of styles, voices, approaches, ways of looking at the […] Read more ...

Allegria receives inaugural Joseph Tusiani Prize

My translation of Giuseppe Ungaretti’s Allegria, published in 2020 by Archipelago Books, has received the inaugural Joseph Tusiani Prize from the Journal of Italian Translation. I’m delighted there is now a prize to honor Tusiani, an influential translator and Italianist who died in 2020. My thanks to the judges! ________________JUDGES’ CITATION “Allegria, never before translated […] Read more ...

Broadsided Press anthology now out

For fifteen years Broadsided Press has been fostering unique collaborations between poets and artists in an effort to encourage the free dissemination of poetry in public places. I’m happy to have a poem (the cover poem, no less!) in this lovely anthology that gathers work from their first decade and a half. My thanks to […] Read more ...

New poem in Literary Imagination

I have a new poem, “The Field,” in the March 2022 issue of Literary Imagination. It was inspired by Jen Grotz’s beautiful poem “The Forest” and its relation to Randall Jarrell’s 1962 poem “Field and Forest.” My thanks to editor Archie Burnett for publishing it. Read more ...

Allegria receives the National Translation Award

My translation of Giuseppe Ungaretti’s first book, Allegria, published by the amazing Archipelago Books in 2020, received the 2021 National Translation Award in Poetry from the American Literary Translators Association. My thanks to the judges! ________________JUDGES’ CITATION “Ungaretti’s first book-length collection of poems appeared almost a century ago. It transformed modern Italian poetry and announced […] Read more ...

Pascoli’s “Three Grapes” at Poetry Daily

My thanks to the editors of Poetry Daily, who have chosen “Three Grapes,” my translation of an 1892 epigram by Giovanni Pascoli, from the collection Last Dream, as today’s poem of the day. Over the years I’ve stumbled across two ancient sources that may have inspired the poem’s imagery: Scythian philosopher Anacharsis is said to […] Read more ...