Next Up | Philip Boehm

On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, the New Writing Series presents translator, playwright, and dramatist Philip Boehm. The special Tuesday event will be held at 4:30pm in the new Black Box performance space in 104 Stewart Commons and is free and open to the public. Poet, translator, and UMaine professor Jennifer Moxley will host and introduce.

Philip Boehm has translated numerous works from German and Polish by writers including Ingeborg Bachmann, Franz Kafka, and Stefan Chwin. His translation of Gregor von Rezzori’s An Ermine in Czernopol was published by NYRB in 2012 and selected for the 2013 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize awarded by the Goethe-Institut Chicago. For the theater he has written plays such as Mixtitlan, The Death of Atahualpa, and Return of the Bedbug. He has received awards from the American Translators Association, the U.K. Society of Authors, the NEA , PEN America, the Austrian Ministry of Culture, the Mexican-American Fund for Culture, and the Texas Institute of Letters. His translation of Herta Müller’s The Hunger Angel won the National Translation Award in 2013. He lives in St. Louis, where he is the artistic director of Upstream Theater.

Boehm’s visit is part of a semester-long celebration of the act and art of translation that will also feature readings by Rosa Alcalá and Jennifer Scappettone (see full NWS schedule here).


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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Initiative, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the AP/PE Black Box space. For more information contact NWS Coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.

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