Live! Third Thursdays Poetry: Women in Translation Month

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Live! Third Thursdays Poetry: Women in Translation Month

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Starts on Thursday, August 17 · 7pm EDT


Brookline Booksmith 279 Harvard Street Brookline, MA 02446

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In person at Brookline Booksmith! Join us for an evening of poetry with poet Marjorie Agosín and translator Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman, reading from Beyond the Time of Words to celebrate Women in Translation Month!

This event is part of Third Thursdays Poetry, a monthly reading series at Brookline Booksmith.

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Barring technical difficulty, this event will be livestreamed on our store YouTube channel.

Third Thursdays Poetry: Women in Translation Month

Beyond the Time of Words/Más allá del tiempo de las palabras

"In the darkness of the pandemic, Marjorie Agosín finds clarity and solace in poetry. These exquisitely wrought compositions paint a world where joy, beauty, and new birth are possible."—Bárbara Mujica, author of Frida, Sister Teresa, and Imagining Iraq

Composed during the time of isolation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Marjorie Agosín’s bilingual book of poetry, Beyond the Time of Words/Más allá del tiempo de las palabras, embraces that darkness with profound compassion and humanity. Born in Chile, Agosín came to the United States as a political exile, and her prolific career has been inspired by both political activism and the pursuit of social justice. While bearing witness to our collective grief, these poems also offer reminders of bravery and ultimately hope: They are meant, the poet says, “to cleanse and mend the world.”

Marjorie Agosín is a Chilean American poet who writes in Spanish, her native language. She is also a human rights activist and the Andrew Mellon professor of the Humanities at Wellesley College. Her work has been inspired by the causes of social justice and human rights. In addition to her numerous collections of poetry, Agosín has written young-adult novels, memoirs, and anthologies promoting international women writers. Among her many distinctions, she has been honored by the American Library Association with the Pura Belpre Award for her novel I Lived on Butterfly Hill. She has also received the Gabriela Mistral Medal, the Chilean government’s Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement, a Fulbright fellowship, the Jasper Whiting award for travel, and the United Nations Leadership Award for Human Rights.

Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman is a professor emerita of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Suffolk University in Boston. Her translations of Latin American women’s poetry have appeared in numerous publications, including Agni, Harper’s, The Massachusetts Review, and The Michigan Quarterly Review. She has translated six books of poems by Marjorie Agosín, including At the Threshold of Memory: Selected and New Poems; Secrets in the Sand: The Young Women of Juárez; and Circles of Madness/Círculos de locura: Las madres de la Plaza de Mayo, for which she received the American Literary Translation Award.

About Brookline Booksmith

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This event will take place at street level. If possible, the event will be livestreamed to YouTube. ASL interpretation may be provided (based on the availability of interpreters) but must be requested at least 2 weeks in advance of the event. Seats are limited. Please email us at as soon as possible if you require ASL interpretation, guaranteed seating, or other accommodations. We will do our best to serve your needs!

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