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Eduardo ChirinosBrooklyn, N.Y. – Internationally acclaimed Peruvian poet Eduardo Chirinos and his translator, Gary Racz, will read from Chirinos's first collection of verse to appear in English, "Reasons for Writing Poetry," at Long Island University on Sept. 27.

The bilingual reading, in Spanish and English, will take place at noon at the University's Brooklyn Campus, in downtown Brooklyn. The event is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Campus's Latin American and Caribbean Studies program and the "Voices of the Rainbow" reading series.

A presentation will also take place later in the day at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave., in Manhattan at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Email membersres@americas-society.org to reserve a spot.

Chirinos's book, "Reasons for Writing Poetry," published by Salt Publishing this year, contains selected poems spanning nearly 30 years. Chirinos is the author of 16 poetry collections, as well as works of literary criticism, children's books, essays and other publications. A professor of Spanish at the University of Montana, Chirinos is considered one of the most important poets of the Peruvian 1980s generation.

Racz, an associate professor and chair of the department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the University's Brooklyn Campus, has contributed more than 300 translations of Spanish-language poems to journals and anthologies. Earlier this year, he won the American Translators Association Alicia Gordon Award for Word Artistry in Translation. His translations of the contemporary Peruvian poets Jose Antonio Mazzotti and Chirinos have appeared in several journals. He has also collaborated on an anthology in translation of the Cuban poet Jose Lezama Lima, published by University of California Press as part of the Poets for the Millennium collection.

Described as one of a "new generation of poet-translators" by "The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry,"" Racz is vice president of the American Literary Translators Association and a review editor for "Translation Review."

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Updated 09/13/2011

Posted 09/08/2011

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