Institut Ramon LLull




Alícia Kopf and Maria Cabrera at PEN World Voices

Literature.  New York,  21/04/2018

With support from Institut Ramon Llull, Catalan writer Alícia Kopf will participate in Resonances, Literary Quest, and Translation and the Power(s) of Language at this year’s PEN World Voices Festival. The Festival will also include Catalan poet Maria Cabrera with the Translation Slam and Lit Crawl NYC. Kopf and Cabrera will also celebrate Sant Jordi at McNally Jackson.

RESONANCES: It’s called the world’s most solitary occupation, but writers never create entirely on their own. The best writing reflects and resonates with stories from the past and the present. In this session, award-winning writers from around the world read from their own work, and works that have influenced them. With Rowan Ricardo PhillipsAlicia Kopf, Xiaolu Guo and Aminatta Forna. Moderated by Bridgett Davis

Presented with Baruch College’s Great Works of Literature and Sidney Harman Writers -in-Residence Programs

With support from The Institut Ramon Llull, Catalan Language and Culture

Free with RSVP

TRANSLATION AND THE POWER(S) OF LANGUAGE: Languages rarely exist in isolation, and almost always find themselves in a pecking order of power. In a country like the U.S., Spanish is seen as secondary to English, though it is the official language of over 20 countries and the lingua franca for numerous communities, from indigenous peoples to newly arrived immigrants. And yet, the existence of a dominant language can also be a deterrent to linguistic diversity. This panel explores some of the places where Spanish abuts other languages and how power relationships ebb and flow. How does translation affect these relationships? Can it restore a place of equality between a majority language and a minoritized language? And does it erase difference in the process?

With Alicia KopfJudith Santopietro, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Rubén Ríos-Avila. Moderated by Mary Ann Newman.

With support from The Institut Ramon Llull, Catalan Language and Culture

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TRANSLATION SLAM: The Festival favorite is back. Competing translations of poems vie for audience approval and evoke an illuminating discussion about interpretation and the choices made by both poet and translator. Featuring Chinese poet  Un Sio San and Catalan poet Maria Cabrera Callís and translators Bonnie Huie, Amanda Lee Koe, Mara Faye Lethem, and Mary Ann Newman. Both rounds of translation are followed by audience Q&A with the poets and translators. Hosted by Michael Moore and Jeremy Tiang.

Co-presented with the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

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LITERARY QUEST: The artist-residents of this New York cultural institution open their homes and workspaces for intimate salon-style readings and conversations with Festival authors, followed by cocktails in their legendary gallery. With Nachoem WijnbergRupert ThomsonAshley Hay, Susan Kuklin, Basma Abdel Aziz, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Sharon Bala, Demian Vitanza, Alicia Kopf, Hadi NasiriKanchana Ugbabeand Ayse Kulin.

Co-presented with the Westbeth Artists Residents Council

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SANT JORDI: On Sant Jordi, the traditional Catalan day of books and roses, Cabrera and Kopf will participate in a conversation moderated by Mary Ann Newman at one of New York's favorite independent bookstores, McNally Jackson. 

23 APR 2018, 6:00 PM

This event is not part of PEN World Voices.

Free and open to the public.

LIT CRAWL NYC - PEN AMERICA: Words Without Borders and SLICE Literary present a Multilingual Most Exquisite Corpse! Join four international writers who, along with their translators, will stitch together a story in multiple languages. With Basma Abdel Aziz, Maria Cabrera, Sergio Chejfec, Heather Cleary, Petra Hůlová, Elisabeth Jaquette, Mary Ann Newman, and Alex Zucker. Hosted by SLICE’s Randy Brown Winston and WWB’s Jessie Chaffee.

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Multilingual Exquisite Corpse
Think Coffee, 248 Mercer St

Free and open to the public.

Catalan poet Maria Cabrera Callís has a degree in Catalan philology and is a doctoral candidate in Linguistics. She teaches at the Universitat de Barcelona and works as a translator and copy editor. She has published poetry collections Jonàs (Amadeu Oller Prize 2004); La matinada clara (2009), and La ciutat cansada (Carles Riba Award 2016). She does spoken word with musical groups El pèsol feréstec and Vladivostok, and is codirector of the fanzine Cor Pelut. 

Alicia Kopf is the artistic name for Catalan writer Imma Ávalos. After her first individual exhibition at the Joan Prats Gallery in Barcelona, she participated in many collective exhibitions at CCCB and MACBA, or the Tàpies Foundation, amongst others. Her first novel, Germà de gel (L´Altra Editorial, 2016), has received several awards and will be published in nearly 10 languages.

Photo Credit for Alicia Kopf: Laia Gutiérrez

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: PEN World Voices is America’s premier international literary festival, attracting the best known writers from across the globe. Since its founding, PEN World Voices has presented more than 1,800 writers and artists from 118 countries speaking 56 languages in venues across New York City in a weeklong series of literary events with a human rights focus. The Festival was founded by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the United States and the world—a mission that, today, has never been more relevant.

19 APR 2018, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
236 E 3RD ST, NEW YORK, NY 10009
19 APR 2018, 6:00 PM
151 E 25TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10010
20 APR 2018, 6:30 PM-10:00 PM
21 APR 2018, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM

A consortium of:

Generalitat de CatalunyaGovern Illes BalearsAjuntament de Barcelona

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