Brazilian Poetry Reading: Salgado Maranhao, with Alexis Levitin

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October 8, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
October 8, 2012 @ 6:00 pm
Department of Romance Studies
Dey Hall, Toy Lounge
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Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
Salgado Maranhao

Salgado Maranhao

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.

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