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POETRY & MUSIC:
TZVETA SOFRONIEVA AND SAM BURCKHARDT
A bilingual evening of poetry and music featuring German poet Tzveta Sofronieva and Swiss saxophonist Sam Burckhardt.
Tzveta Sofronieva is the author of fourteen books of poetry, short stories, essays, and translations. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1963, she has lived in Germany since 1992 and writes in Bulgarian, German, and English. Her recent collection, A Hand Full of Water, translated by Chantal Wright, won the first Cliff Becker Prize in Translation and will be published by White Pine Press in Fall 2012 in a bilingual edition. Poet and translator Willis Barnstone, judge of the competition, says that in A Hand Full of Water, "Sofronieva refreshes and re-jewels the German language, making it plainer and richer by her global iridescence."
Sam Burkhardt was born in Switzerland and has been playing music in Chicago for 30 years. He has performed or recorded with some of Chicago’s finest musicians, including Sunnyland Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Johnny Littlejohn, Steve Freund, Robert Stroger, Robert Covington, Pinetop Perkins, Erwin Helfer, Floyd McDaniel, Jimmy Rogers, Louis and Dave Myers, Fred Below, Smokey Smothers, Zora Young, and Big Time Sarah. He was a founding member of the Mighty Blue Kings.
Chantal Wright is a literary translator and assistant professor of German and translation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was educated at Girton College, Cambridge and the University of East Anglia in the UK. Her award-winning translation of Tzveta Sofronieva’s Eine Hand voll Wasser was funded by a grant from PEN American Center’s translation fund and supported by a residency at the Banff Centre.
Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland and Goethe-Institut Chicago
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The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. Opened to the public in June 2011, the Poetry Foundation building in Chicago provides new space for the Foundation’s extensive roster of public programs and events. It also houses a public garden, a library, and an exhibition gallery, as well as the offices of the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine. For more information, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org.