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Poetry Reading: Omar Berrada and Sarah Riggs

The John Ashbery Poetry Series Presents: Omar Berrada and Sarah Riggs reading from their work, including bilingual translations from the Arabic and French

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sarah Riggs is the author of Autobiography of Envelopes (Burning Deck, 2012), 60 Textos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Waterwork (Chax Press, 2007), and Chain of Minuscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling (Reality Street Editions, 2007). Currently she is completing a series of cinepoems called Six Lives, which include “Hudson,” “Brest,” “Brooklyn,” and “Skye.” Her book of essays, Word Sightings: Poetry and Visual Media in Stevens, Bishop, and O’Hara, was published by Routledge in 2002. She has translated or co-translated from the French the poets Isabelle Garron, Marie Borel, Etel Adnan, Ryoko Sekiguchi, and, most recently, Oscarine Bosquet. A member of the bilingual poetry collective Double Change and founder of the interart non-profit Tamaas, she lives in Paris, where she is a professor at NYU-in-France. Her new book, Pomme & Granite, is forthcoming with 1913 press.

Writer and translator Omar Berrada grew up in Casablanca and lives between France and Morocco, where he directs the library and translation center at Dar al-Ma’mûn in Marrakech. He is a member of the bilingual poetry collective Double Change and of the intercultural arts non-profit Tamaas. He has translated, alone or in company, usually into French, sometimes into English, texts by Jennifer Moxley, Rod Mengham, Lisa Jarnot, Kathleen Fraser, Stanley Cavell, Robert Glück, Kristin Prevallet, Avital Ronell, Forrest Gander, Marie Borel, Jalal Toufic, and others. He recently edited, with Erik Bullot, Expanded Translation—A Treason Treatise (2011), a book of joyful verbal and visual betrayals; and, with Yto Barrada, Album—Cinémathèque de Tanger (2012), a multilingual book about film in Tangier and Tangier on film.

For more information, call 845-758-7887, or e-mail ccamp@bard.edu.

Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema