Rika Lesser, Thornton Writer-in-Residence, will read from her work February 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Hopwood Hall Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow.
Lesser is the author of four books of poetry: Questions of Love: New & Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow, 2008), Growing Back: Poems 1972-1992 (South Carolina, 1997), All We Need of Hell (North Texas, 1995), and Etruscan Things (Braziller, 1983; new ed. Sheep Meadow, 2010).
She has translated more than a dozen collections of poetry or fiction for readers of all ages, including works by Göran Sonnevi, Gunnar Ekelöf, and Claes Andersson from the Swedish and Rafik Schami, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Hermann Hesse from the German.
Lesser has been the recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, two Translation Prizes from the Swedish Academy, and others. Her translation of Mozart’s Third Brain by Göran Sonnevi (Yale, 2009) was shortlisted for the 2010 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.
The reading is sponsored by The Richard H. Thornton Endowment in English and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information call 544.8690.