Santiago Vizcaíno/Alexis Levitin, Destruction in the Afternoon: A bilingual (Spanish/English) reading from Vizcaíno's book of poetry

Apr 02, 2015
04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
102 Weaver

Ecuadoran poet Santiago Vizcaino will read from his award-winning collected volume, Devastación en la tarde, while his translator reads his English versions.

Santiago Vizcaino (Quito, Ecuador, 1982) graduated in Literature and Communication from the Universidad Católica of Ecuador in Quito. He spent a year studying the Management of Literary Patrimony in Malaga, Spain and is now pursuing a doctorate in Hispanic Literatures in Quito. His first book, Destruction in the Afternoon, received the National Prize for Literature in 2008 from the Ministry of Culture. At the same time, his critical study of the poetry of Alejandra Pizarnik, Speaking Silence, won second prize in the Ministry of Culture essay competition. In 2010 he won second prize for poetry in the Pichincha competition for his book In the Twilight. His first book of short stories To Kill Mother was published in Buenos Aires in 2012. Here in the USA, his poetry, translated by Alexis Levitin, has appeared in sixteen literary magazines: Bitter Oleander, Chattahoochee Review, Connotation Press, Dirty Goat, Eleven/Eleven, eXchanges, Ezra, Lake Effect, Moon City Review,Osiris, Per Contra, Plume,Rowboat, Saranac Review, Subtropics, and Words Without Borders.

Alexis Levitin’s translations have appeared in well over 200 magazines, including  New England Review, APR, Grand Street, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review and Prairie Schooner. His thirty-five books include Clarice Lispector’s Soulstorm and Eugenio de Andrade’s Forbidden Words, both from New Directions. His most recent books are Salgado Maranhao’s Blood of the Sun (Milkweed Editions, 2012), Ana Minga’s Tobacco Dogs (Bitter Oleander Press, 2013), and Eugenio de Andrade’s The Art of Patience (Red Dragonfly Press, 2013). In January and February, 2015, he will be teaching in Guayaquil, Ecuador, as a Fulbright Specialist and translator. In March of 2015, Diologos Imprint will bring out his translation of Santiago Vizcaino’s Destruction in the Afternoon. In the fall of 2015 White Pine Press will publish his translation of Tiger Fur by Salgado Maranhão.

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