Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - May 6, 1999
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Reading by acclaimed author Willis Barnstone

WHAT: Reading by acclaimed author Willis Barnstone
WHEN: Monday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hartley Faculty Master House at Whittier College
13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier

COST: Free

ADD: Willis Barnstone is the author of more than 50 books of poetry, criticism, translation, memoir, interviews and biblical scholarship. Born in Lewiston, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin, Columbia and Yale, he taught in Greece at the end of the civil war (1949-1951), in Buenos Aires during the 'Dirty War,' and in China during the Cultural Revolution when he traveled through on a Fulbright scholarship.

In addition to translating the poems of Wang Wei, Jorge Luis Borges, Sappho, Rainer Maria Rilke, Mirabai, Mao Tze-Tung, Antonio Machado and Nobel laureate Vicente Aliexandre, among others, Barnstone is currently working on a complete translation of the New Testament into English that restores the poetry and the ethnic integrity of the original text.

As a Guggenheim Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry, Barnstone is a Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University, and will be reading from several new books including Algebra of Night: New and Selected Poems: 1948-1998, To Touch the Sky: Selected Translations, and Sappho (a translation of the classical Greek poet¹s work into English).

INFORMATION: (562) 907-4277

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