Skalny Lecture
Piotr Sommer and Bill Martin:

Polish Poetry and Translation

Tuesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall,
University of Rochester River Campus

Free and open to the public

The lecture is a part of the Reading the World Conversation Series and is co-sponsored by the University of Rochester Open Letter program. Piotr Sommer is the Skalny Visiting Professor during the Spring 2011 semester.

What translates and what doesn't translate in contemporary poetry? What inspirations do Polish and Anglo-American contemporary poetry share? A reading of Piotr Sommer’s poetry will be followed by a conversation between Piotr Sommer and Bill Martin.

Famous Polish poet Piotr Sommer has published several dozen books including poetry, literary criticism, and anthologies. He is also a well-known translator of contemporary English-language poets and is the editor of Literatura na Świecie (World Literature), a Warsaw-based magazine of international writing. Bill Martin is the former Literary Program Manager at the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and was responsible for the special "Polish Literature" issue of the Chicago Review, which marked the first English publication of dozens of influential Polish writers. He has published English translations from Polish and German, including Natasza Goerke's Farewells to Plasma, selected essays in The Günter Grass Reader, Erich Kästner's Emil and the Detectives.