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World in Verse: A Virtual Poetry Reading

September 27, 2021 7:00 pm


Words Without Borders invites you to a multilingual reading and celebration of our 2021 Poems in Translation Contest winners, in partnership with the Academy of American Poets. Join us for an evening of poetry in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, with readings by Lauri García Dueñas and translator Olivia Lott; and Conceição Lima and translator Shook. The event will be hosted by our contest judge, poet Airea D. Matthews, 2016 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets and a 2020 Pew Fellow.




As a pandemic defined by isolation stretches ever onward, our third Poems in Translation Contest brought together 606 poems from 327 poets and 79 countries, translated from 61 languages. We are thrilled to announce, alongside our partners at the Academy of American Poets, this year’s winners, selected by Pew Fellow and Yale Series of Younger Poets winner Airea D. Matthews.


The winning poems will published in Words Without Borders and in’s Poem-a-Day on Saturday, September 25, and Saturday, October 2. In celebrating these works, we continue our mission to expand the readership of groundbreaking international poetry and to create, in a time of global crisis, opportunities for connection and meaning across borders, languages, and cultures.


Please note that this event requires advance registration. Upon registering, you will be signed up to receive a Zoom link thirty minutes prior to the event’s start time. Register now.


Event Details:
Date: Monday, September 27, 2021, at 7PM EDT
Tickets: This event is virtual and free. Donations are encouraged.
Accessibility: There will be closed-captioning for the English-language portion of the event, and an accessibility packet will be available. We will also have live ASL interpretation during the event.



More about our readers:
Lauri García Dueñas is the author of Filigranas (La Chifurnia, 2017). She lives in San Salvador, El Salvador. 

Olivia Lott is the translator of Lucía Estrada's Katabasis (Eulalia Books, 2020). She is a Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation Fellow in Spanish at Kenyon College and lives in Gambier, Ohio. 

Conceição Lima was born in 1961 in the island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe, where she resides today. She has published four books of poetry.

Shook makes books in Marshall, CA. Their most recent translation is Mario Bellatin's Beauty Salon (Deep Vellum, 2021). 


More about our host:
Airea D. Matthews is the author of Simulacra, winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets and a 2020 Pew Fellow. Her work has appeared in Callaloo, Best American Poets, Harvard Review, American Poet, Los Angeles Review of Books, Tin House, and elsewhere. A past recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, she is an assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College. Matthews is at work on her second collection, mundane gods. (Photo credit: Wes Matthews)


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