Reading and Discussion with Ecuadorian poet, Santiago Vizcaino and translator Alexis Levitin

Santiago Vizcaino Alexis Levitin

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: JO 4.614
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

Santiago Vizcaino’s Devastacion en la tarde (Destruction in the Afternoon,2008) is an apocalyptic appreciation of the human condition today. Following the reading, there will be a question and answer session regarding translation, the state of poetry in Ecuador, the position of poetry in South America in general, and perhaps even questions of climate change as related to Santiago`s apocalyptic vision.

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 16 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 has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships and is currently on the roster for the Fulbright International Specialist Program. His thirty-four books of translation include Clarice Lispector’s Soulstorm and Eugenio de Andrade’s Forbidden Words, both from New Directions. In 2010, he edited Brazil: A Traveler’s Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press). He has been focusing on Ecuadorian poets in recent years in the hopes of introducing more of them to an American public.


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