Poet and translator to read on campus

September 28, 2015
Jeannine Marie Pitas

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Poet and translator Jeannine Marie Pitas, author of two chapbooks and a translator of five books by Uruguayan poet Marosa di Giorgio, will read at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Visiting Writers Reading and Bilingual Translation Presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery from 4-5:15 p.m.

Pitas, an assistant professor of Global Literature at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, is passionate about Uruguayan literature and has translated the work of Selva Casal, Amanda Berenguer and other poets.

“There is a myth of the writer as a solitary creature,” said Pitas. “To a certain extent this is true – writing does involve a certain amount of solitude. However, it is also a very collaborative process. One of my teachers once told me that all poems are, in a sense, written on the backs of other poems that we have read, and this could not be more true to my own experience.”

“As a literary translator, I have especially come to see creative work as a collaborative process – it involves transporting the poetic word from one language to another; it is impossible for a translator to do this without gaining an intimate knowledge of the work to be translated,” said Pitas. “This is very challenging, but I believe it is a large component of any artistic process. We are not solitary creatures writing alone in our dusty garrets; we are a community of readers and writers who speak and respond to one another through the written word.”

Pitas’ presentation is part of the UW-Platteville Humanities Department’s Visiting Writers Reading Series.

“UW-Platteville students and faculty members have been incredibly supportive and enthusiastic about the Visiting Writers Reading Series, which fosters a sense of community that’s essential to the liberal arts education experience,” said Dr. Kara Candito, associate professor of creative writing and English literature at UW-Platteville.

Formatted by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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