When: Saturday, April 28
Where: Poets House: 72 Spring St., 2nd floor
What time: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
With Breyten Breytenbach, José Luís Peixoto, Pia Tafdrup, Saadi Youssef
Free and open to the public. No reservations.
Co-sponsored by Poets House
A native of South Africa, Breyten Breytenbach is a distinguished painter; activist; and the author of more than 30 books of poetry and numerous novels, short-story compilations, essays, and dramatic works. His most recent poetry collection is Lady One, a selection of love poems. José Luís Peixoto, born in Galveias, Portugal, has written plays, fiction, and poetry, including Child in Ruins and The House, the Darkness. The acclaimed Danish poet Pia Tafdrup grew up in North Zeeland, Denmark. She is the author of The Whales in Paris, The Crystal Forest, and Queen’s Gate, among others. Saadi Youssef left Iraq in 1979. He has published more than 30 volumes of poetry, a number of books of prose, and has rendered into Arabic major works by such writers as Walt Whitman, Constantine Cavafy, Federico García Lorca, George Orwell, Nuruddin Farah, and Wole Soyinka. His first major collection in English translation is Without an Alphabet, Without a Face.