Sunday, March 11, 2012: A reading by Cole Swensen and Nicolas Pesquès.
Cole Swensen is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry, most recently Greensward (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) and Ours (U. of California Press, 2008), and a volume of essays, Noise That Stays Noise (U. of Michigan Press, 2011). She is the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid, the founding editor of La Presse Books, which specializes in contemporary French writing translated by English-language poets, and a translator of contemporary French poetry, prose, and art criticism, including Juliology (Counterpath, 2008), by Nicolas Pesquès, and The Field Is Lethal (Counterpath, 2011), by Suzanne Doppelt. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN USA Award for Literary Translation, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, among others. She’s been writer-in-residence at Yale’s Beinecke Library, the Pratt Institute, Temple University, and various other places and taught at the University of Denver and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before coming this year to Brown.
Nicolas Pesquès was born in France in 1946, and has been publishing poetry since 1971. His most recent books include Trois poems (Three Poems) from Edition du Limon, 1995, and La face nord de Juliau un, deux, trois, et quatre (The North Face of Juliau One, Two, Three, and Four), all published by Andre Dimance Editeur in 1988, 1997, and 2000. His volumes translated into English include Juliology and Physis. Pesquès also writes literary and art criticism, and has published books on the work of visual artists Gille Aillaud, Anne Deguelle, Jan Voss, and Aurelie Nemours, and on the poet Jacques Dupin. He divides his time between Paris and the Ardeche