Join us on Fridays at 7 PM for a video of poetry in Italian and English from the quarantine in Rome.
Week Four (in two parts):
Poet/translator Moira Egan and doctor/translator Damiano Abeni take to the roof of their apartment to bring us poems in two languages and a view of the Roman coliseum. A different poem or poems each week…
Damiano Abeni MD, MPH, is an epidemiologist who has been translating American poetry into Italian since 1973. In Italy, he has published volumes poetry by Bidart, Bishop, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, Strand, Simic, C.K. Williams, and many others. With Mark Strand, he edited West of your Cities, a bi-lingual anthology of contemporary American poets. His translations appear in numerous Italian journals and he is among the editors of the journal Nuovi Argomenti. To commemorate Abeni’s 40-year career as a translator, Edizioni l’Obliquo published Caos, Pendole, Cocomeri: 40 anni di collaborazioni. He has been a Literature Fellow at the Liguria Study Center of the Bogliasco Foundation, a Director’s Guest at the Civitella Ranieri Center, and a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center.
Moira Egan’s recent collection, Synæsthesium (2017), won The New Criterion Poetry Prize. Previous books published in the U.S. are Hot Flash Sonnets (2013); Spin (2010); Bar Napkin Sonnets (2009), which won the 2008 Ledge Poetry Chapbook Competition; and Cleave (2004).
In Italy, three bilingual collections, with translations by her husband, Damiano Abeni, have appeared: Olfactorium (2018), Botanica Arcana / Strange Botany (2014), and La Seta della Cravatta / The Silk of the Tie (2009). She has also translated (with Damiano Abeni) the work of several authors into Italian, including volumes by John Ashbery, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Simic, Mark Strand and Charles Wright.
Egan has had writing residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (as a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellow), the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and the James Merrill House. She teaches Creative Writing at the St. Stephen’s School in Rome.