The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures announces a bilingual poetry reading by distinguished Brazilian poet Salgado Maranhão, accompanied by the translator Alexis Levitin. Salgado Maranhão is a leading contemporary Afro-Brazilian poet. Salgado’s white father was descended from a wealthy family whose plantations in the past had been worked by slaves. His mother was a black field laborer who sang to him from a folk tradition tracing back to the lyric poetry of the medieval troubadours. Alexis Levitin has been translating Brazilian and Portuguese poetry since 1974. Levitin has received a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency and is currently a professor of English at SUNY-Plattsburgh. He is currently completing Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen’s Exemplary Talesfor Tagus Press.