An evening of poetry with Jacques Roubaud and Hiroya Takagai

and a discussion of collective translation and poetry with Norma Cole, Steven Forth, Hosea Hirata, Michael Palmer, Eric Selland, Rosmarie Waldrop
moderated by Benjamin Hollander
This extraordinary event is presented in conjunction with The Center for Poetry and Translation at Djerassi and The San Francisco Art Institute, and is the brainchild of local poet Benjamin Hollander, whose translation activism has culminated in this, the first in several planned and dreamed events involving contemporary translation practices from around the world.
November 21, 1997

Born in 1932, Jacques Roubaud is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Paris X Nanterre and one of the most accomplished members of the "Oulipo" group, the workshop for experimental writing founded by Raymond Queneau and Francois Le Lionnais. His books include Some Thing Black, Our Beautiful Hortense, and The Great Fire of London. Roubaud has himself translated widely--from the Japanese poets, to The Hunting of the Snark to the US poet William Bronk. He is one of the most distinguished writers in France.

Hiroya Takagai is one of Japan's most promising younger poets. His writing contains elements of high French modernism, Surrealism, and contemporary French theory, while remaining grounded in the modernist lyric tradition of his native land. Known for the "purity of his sensibilities," Takagai has published three books--Mezzanine, Deep Marsh andWoven Mats.