Poetry Forum Workshop Led by Virginia Bell – Fourth Sunday 9-22-13



Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — Room 108


Virginia Bell is the author of From the Belly (Sibling Rivalry Press 2012)Her poems are also forthcoming in Cloudbank and Gargoyle, and have appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Calyx, Pebble Lake Review, Wicked Alice, Ekphrasis, and other journals and anthologies.  She is a Senior Editor with Rhino Poetry and an adjunct professor of English at Loyola University Chicago.


Topic:   If you’re a flower, I’m your zombie gardener. In this workshop, we’ll explore the art of translating poetry from English-to-English.  Same language translation is a revelatory approach to reading and appreciating poetry, but can also lead to the production of new poems that are wonderful and startling in their own right.  Some examples include Harryette Mullen’s “Dim Lady,”  a loose translation of William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 130,” and Paul Legault’s collection The Emily Dickinson Reader.  As one of Legault’s translations reminds us, earlier poets are the “zombie gardeners” of all the “flowers” we write today (or is it the other way around?).


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.



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