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The Saab Center for Portuguese Studies Distinguished Writers Series, the departments of English and World Languages and Cultures, and the Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for the Public Humanities present:
A reading and conversation with award-winning poet, novelist, children’s book author and essayist, Ana Luísa Amaral, author of the critically-acclaimed book of poems What’s in a Name?, translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa and published by New Directions.
With the elliptical looping of a butterfly alighting on one’s sleeve, the poems of Ana Luísa Amaral arrive as small hypnotic miracles. Spare and beautiful in a way reminiscent both of Szymborska and of Emily Dickinson (it comes as no surprise that Amaral is the leading Portuguese translator of Dickinson), these poems—in Margaret Jull Costa’s gorgeous English version—seamlessly interweave the everyday with the dreamlike and ask “What’s in a name?”
ANA LUÍSA AMARAL has published over thirty books of poetry, a play, a novel, essays, and several children’s books. She has been translated into over twenty languages and published in several countries, including the US. She has been awarded national and international prizes and distinctions, among which the Medal for Service to Literature from the cities of Paris and Porto, the Giuseppe Acerbi Prize for Poetry, the Grande Prémio of the Portuguese Association of Writers, the PEN Prize for Fiction, and the Jacinto Prado Coelho Essay Prize. She is professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Porto, and a scholar of Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson, and a translator.