Reading set for Oct. 18
The Cornell College English and creative writing department is hosting a reading by an Iraqi poet and translator and a Hatian fiction writer and filmmaker on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. The reading will take place in the Shaw Lounge in the Thomas Commons on Cornell’s campus.
Naseer Hassan is the manager of a cultural NGO poetry forum, a producer at Free Iraq Radio, and an award-winning journalist. He has published four poetry collections, “The Circle of Sundial” (1998), “Suggested Signs” (2007), “Being Here” (2008) and “Dayplaces” (2010). In addition to his “Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems and Critical Articles” (2009), and “Days of the Shore: Selections From the New American Poetry For the Period 1980-2010″ (2011), and “Luis George Borges: 60 poems” (2011), he has several book-length translations forthcoming, including “House of the Star” Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, and the German philosopher Arthurs Schopenhauer’s philosophical work “The World as Will and Representation”. His collected poems were published in 2010 by the Arabic House for Publishing in Beirut.
Marvin Victor (fiction writer, filmmaker) has worked on a number of documentaries, shorts and feature-length films, including the 2009 adaptation of Kathy Acker’s novel “Kathy Goes To Haiti,” and taught creative writing courses for Fondation Culture Création. In 2011 he has published the novel “Corps mêlés” (Gallimard, Paris), and his short fiction has been included in the collection “HasdfHaiti Noir;” earlier, his articles have appeared in the magazine Conjonction. He is the recipient of the 2008 Young Francophone Writers Award and the 2011 Grand Prix du Roman de la Société des Gens de Lettres.