Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — Room 108
Steven Teref is the translator of Assembly (Host Publications, 2009), the selected poems of the Serbian poet Novica Tadic. Steven’s translations and poetry have appeared in numerous literary magazines, such asRhino, Another Chicago Magazine, South Loop Review, and forthcoming in Artifice Magazine. He teaches literature and writing at Columbia College Chicago where last year he was the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Ricochet Review. The first issue is due out this spring.
TOPIC: Translation as Cover Song Translation has much to teach writers about the suppleness of language. The act of translation, paired with reading work in translation, reveals the nuance of meaning and intention. Translation is an interpretation much like the cover of a song (i.e., a new version of an original or previously recorded song): the success or failure of a cover rests on enhancing the tone, pacing, texture, or complexity of the original. Now, imagine if one had access only to covers. Which cover is the “best?” Rarely does a faithful rendition garner that honor.
Bring 17 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.*$5 – $10 donation appreciated.
This project is partially supported by grants from: Poets & Writers, the Illinois Arts Council
and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.