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Conference on Asian Languages and Culture March 26-28 Sponsored by MFA in Creative Writing and Translation
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Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

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Maria Matteo
News Assistant
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-- Conference March 26-28 is Free and Open to the Public --

FLUSHING, NY, February 24, 2009 ─Award-winning poet Li-Young Lee will read from his work and pace-setting international artists will perform their interpretations of Iranian and Arabic literature at From Ghazal to Zuihitsu: A Conference on Translating Asian Languages and Cultures, being held at Queens College from March 26–28, 2009. This unprecedented conference, hosted by the college’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Translation, is free, open to the public and requires no registration. Other presentations will include panels on translation pedagogy; Asian and Middle Eastern languages and literatures; translation as a profession; and translation of cultures. For a complete conference schedule and bios of the participants, visit . For directions to Queens College visit, .

Highlights of the conference include:

March 26, 4:30 pm, Translation in Performance
Godwin-Ternabch Museum, Klapper Hall Room 405
Poet Niloufar Talebi will present a video piece based on translation. Talebi edited and translated
Belonging: New Poetry By Iranians Around the World.
Admer Gouryh, who specializes in the translation of modern Arabic drama, will lead a translation acted out by the audience.
Maryam Habibian, a native of Iran and an authority on the life and work of Iran’s legendary poet Forugh Farrokzahd, will perform an original monologue based on Farrokzahd’s work.
March 26, 6:30 pm: Keynote Reader Poet Li-Young Lee
Rosenthal Library Auditorium Room 230 (Enter at main library entrance and take the staircase on your left).
Nationally known poet Li-Young Lee is the author of Behind My Eyes and Book of My Nights, which won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award; The City in Which I Love You, which was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and Rose, which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award. Lee was born in Indonesia to Chinese parents. He attended the Universities of Pittsburgh and Arizona and the State University of New York at Brockport. He has taught at several universities, including Northwestern and the University of Iowa.

Under the direction of award-winning poet Nicole Cooley, the Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Translation offers several features that distinguish it from other programs around the country, including a diverse faculty and student body, an alliance with a professional theater company in New York City, a certificate in English language teaching and a commitment to fostering widely divergent kinds of writing. Students focus on poetry writing, fiction writing, playwriting, or literary translation, which is a natural component for a program situated in the country’s most linguistically diverse county. Now in its second year, this is the only MFA program in creative writing offered in the borough of Queens.




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