Monday, December 7, 2009
Helmut Stern Auditorium, UMMA, 525 S. State
Poetry reading by Piotr Sommer, Polish poet. The sponsors of the Zell Visiting Writers Series are the Department of English Language and Literature, the Office of the Provost of the University of Michigan, and Helen Zell. Co-sponsored by the Copernicus Endowment and Department of Comparative Literature.
Piotr Sommer is a poet, translator, anthology editor and essayist. Born in 1948, he grew up in Otwock, a small town outside of Warsaw, studied English at the University of Warsaw, and now edits Literatura na Swiecie (Literature in the World), a Polish magazine of international writing. He taught poetry at several American universities; has published twelve books of poetry in Polish; and has written two books of essays on poetry and translation. He is also the author of numerous translations from American, English, and Irish poetry, and has had two collections published in translation: Things to Translate and Other Poems (1991), and Ein freier Tag in April (2002), which have appeared in German, Slovak, Slovenian, and English.