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Poetry Reading Features Pierre Joris, Internationally Acclaimed Poet and Translator

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2/15/2013 12:00 AM

Pierre Joris, features Pierre Joris

Feb. 15, 2013

WEST HAVEN, CONN.--- Pierre Joris, an internationally renowned poet and one of the foremost translators of avant-garde poetry, will have a poetry reading at the University of New Haven on March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

The event is part of UNH’s Arts@Night series and will be held at the UNH Bookstore on the West Haven campus.

For 45 years Joris has moved between the United States, Europe and North Africa, and his poetry and translations reflect this sweeping world view. He has published more than 40 books of poetry, translations and essays and has two books coming out this year, “Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj” and “Barzakh.

Randall Horton, UNH assistant professor of English, said the evening promises to be an engaging one. “Pierre Joris is one of the most important poets of my generation and beyond,” Horton said. “He is a poet of the world and one sees a ‘world view’ in the body of his work. People who come out will be thoroughly mesmerized at not only Joris’ reading but his life experiences within the literary community. This will be a total experience.” Joris has translated works by Pablo Picasso, Maurice Blanchot, Edmond Jabès and Habib Tengour into English and books by Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Pete Townsend and Sam Shepard into French.

“His translation work is unmatched, as evident by his National Endowment of the Arts Award in translation,” Horton said.

Joris is also a widely acclaimed anthologist, and his own work was the subject of a book of essays, “Pierre Joris--Cartographies of the In-between.” Joris teaches poetry and poetics at the State University of New York at Albany. Born in France, he lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with his wife, performance artist, painter and singer Nicole Peyrafitte. They have frequently collaborated on performance art and multimedia pieces.

The poetry reading is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the UNH College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, call (213) 932-9991 or email Randall Horton at

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