Thursday April 25, 7:30 -9:30 pm. The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX. Tickets £6/£4.
The great American poet Marilyn Hacker (“colloquial sublime” – Washington Post) is the author of twelve books of poems, including Names (Norton, 2009), Essays on Departure (Carcanet, 2006) and Desesperanto (Norton, 2003). Her essay collection Unauthorized Voices was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2010. She has published eleven volumes of translations from the French. For her own work, she received the American PEN Voelcker Award for poetry in 2010 and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Paris. Hacker’s bio/literary background is summarised here.
Rachida Madani was born (1951) and lives in Tangier. Her Contes d’une Tête Tranchée was published in 2001 in Morocco by Editions Al-forkane; the French text was published in France in 2005 by Les Editions de le Différence. Tales of a Severed Head was translated by Marilyn Hacker and published by Yale University Press in 2012.