Location: The Paper Hound Bookstore, 344 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
American poet and translator Andrew Zawacki, with guests Ted Byrne and Leah Sharzer.
Ted Byrne was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and moved to Vancouver in the late sixties. He was a member of the Kootenay School of Writing collective, and is presently a member of the Meschonnic Study Group and the Lacan Salon. He periodically teaches poetry and poetics in the HUM 101 program at UBC. He worked for many years at the Trade Union Research Bureau. Current projects include a sequel to his novel, Beautiful Lies, a book of short poems, collaborative translations, other translation projects, and critical essays. He recently co-edited, with Catriona Strang, the “Polyvocal Translation” issue of The Capilano Review. His most recent book is Duets, a book of sonnets translated from Louise Labé and Guido Cavalcanti (Talon, 2018). Previous books include Aporia (Fissure-Point Blank, 1989), Beautiful Lies (CUE books, 2008), and Sonnets : Louise Labé (Nomados, 2011).
Leah Sharzer is a Vancouver poet and translator. She recently finished an M.A. in English at Simon Fraser, where she was researching French translations of Emily Dickinson. In an unexpected plot twist, her Masters lead to employment, and she is currently bouncing around Vancouver as a sessional English instructor. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her friends from the Meschonnic Reading Group and the Jean Swanson campaign.
Andrew Zawacki is the author of the poetry books Petals of Zero Petals of One (Talisman House, 2009), Anabranch (Wesleyan, 2004), and By Reason of Breakings (Georgia, 2002), as well as of five chapbooks: Arrow’s shadow (Equipage, due ’09); Roche limit (Track & Field, due ’08); Bartleby’s Waste-book (Particle Series, due ’08); Georgia (Katalanché, due ’08), co-winner of the 1913 Prize; and Masquerade (Vagabond, 2001), recipient of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the PSA. A former fellow of the Slovenian Writers’ Association, he edited Afterwards: Slovenian Writing 1945-1995(White Pine, 1999). He is currently Assistant Professor of English at the University of Georgia.