November 15, 2001|
8:00 p.m. Reading
Recital Hall, PAC
UAlbany, Uptown Campus
with special guests
Diallo House - Bass / Nicole Peyrafitte - Vocals
PIERRE JORIS , UAlbany English professor, avant-garde poet and leading translator, is the author of Poasis, a collection of his original poetry. Born and raised in Luxembourg, Joris works in three languages: English, French and German. As a result of his multiple fluencies and ties to multiple cultures, Joris's poetry is characterized by cross-linguistic puns, energetic wordplay, and reflections on the nature of language. A cultural nomad, Joris often treats the subject of nomadism in his work.
Joris is highly regarded for his translations to and from English, French and German. His translations into English of emininent Romanian-born poet and Holocaust survivor Paul Celan include Breathturn (1995) and the only complete English translation of Threadsuns (2000). In 1999, Joris received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to pursue translations on two other works by Celan, Lichtzwang and Eingedunkelt. Joris is also working, as both translator and coeditor with Jerome Rothenberg, on an English edition of the collected writings of Pablo Picasso. An earlier collaboration with Rothenberg, pppppp: The Selected Writings of Kurt Schwitters (1993), received the PEN Center USA West Literary Award for Translation. Other translations have featured the works of Maurice Blanchot, Edmond Jabes, The Who's Pete Townshend, Sam Shepard, Gregory Corso, Tristan Tzara and Julian Beck.
Joris is also co-editor with Jerome Rothenberg of the monumental anthology, Poems for the Millenium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry (1995 Volume 1, 1998 Volume 2). In 1996, he received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature for the first volume, From Fin-de-Siecle to Negritude. The anthology, which strongly favors avant-garde poets and poetry, is one of the most ambitious efforts to define the poetic history of the 20th century.
Joris's earlier collections of original poetry include, h.j.r. (1999), Winnetou Old (1994), Turbulence (1992), and The Irritation Ditch (1991 ).