Center for the Art of Translation Hosts Fanny Howe in San Francisco

A Wall of Two

On Tuesday, June 14, the Center for the Art of Translation will host leading American poet Fanny Howe at 111 Minna St. Gallery at 12:30 pm for the final Two Voices event of the season. She’ll discuss A Wall of Two:Poems of Resistance and Suffering from Kraków to Buchenwald and Beyond, which she translated and adapted from the Polish. A collection of verse written on worksheets stolen from the factories by two sisters in the Kraków ghetto, the book is both a powerful work of literature and a remarkable example of translation in action. Howe gives guests a chance to hear the amazing story behind this book and the choices involved in translating these singular poems.

Fanny Howe is commonly ranked among the leading innovative American writers of the postwar generation. A recipient of numerous awards, her poetry in particular is noted for its power and approach to social justice and contemporary issues. In 2009, she was awarded the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Prize, a $100,000 annual prize that celebrates a living poet of exceptional lifetime achievement.

Howe has published over 20 books, including Gone: Poems (UC Press, 2003), The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life (UC Press, 2003), and Selected Poems (UC Press, 2000), which won the Gold Medal for Poetry from The Commonwealth Club of California and the 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

Selected Poems Gone Wedding Dress