Internationally acclaimed poet to visit Columbus

Published: Jan. 26, 2015 at 9:05 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2015 at 9:22 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus State University's Department of English will host internationally acclaimed poet, writer, editor, and literary translator Sholeh Wolpé.

Wolpé will read from her work and answer questions on Friday, Feb. 6 at the McCullers Center at 4 p.m., followed by a reading at 7:30. Both events are free.

Sholeh Wolpé's visit is tremendous honor and opportunity for CSU and the Columbus literary community, said Nick Norwood, CSU English professor. In addition to winning many awards for her writing, she has translated into Arabic important literary works, including Walt Whitman's Song of Myself."

Born in Iran, Wolpé spent most of her teen years in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. Now based in Los Angeles, she was recipient of the 2014 PEN/Heim award, 2014 Hedgebrook Residency, 2013 Midwest Book Award and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize, is the author of three collections of poetry and two books of translations, and is the editor of three anthologies.

Wolpé's writings have been translated into several languages and her work is included in numerous American and international anthologies of poetry and fiction. She has taught poetry and literary translation at Stonecoast's MFA program and has been featured and participated in many festivals, international programs, and university events.

Wolpé was a finalist in Glimmer Train's 2006 Fiction Open and in addition to the 2014 PEN/Heim award, 2013 Midwest Book Award and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize, she has also been the recipient of the 2005Peace through the Arts award as well as the 2004 Commendable Excellence award in poetry from Artists Embassy International, and The National League of American Pen Women's Soul-making Literary Award in 2003.

To learn more about Wolpé, visit her official website at this link.

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