The UC San Diego New Writing Series Presents:

Jean Portante and Jerome Rothenberg

12 March 2014, 4:30 pm

UC San Diego Structural and Materials Engineering Bldg (SME),
Visual Arts First Floor Presentation Space #149
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

JEAN PORTANTE was born in Differdange (Luxembourg) in 1950. He is of Italian origin. He lives in Paris. He has written more than fifty books, novels, stories, plays, essays, translations and poetry, and has been widely translated. His books have been published in Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Québec, Ireland, Italy, Rumania, Bulgaria, Portugal, Germany, Slovakia, Serbia, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Great-Britain, etc. He translated to the French poets like Juan Gelman, Jerome Rothenberg, Pierre Joris, John Deane, Gonzalo Rojas, Edoardo Sanguineti, Valerio Magrelli, Durs Grünbein, etc. In 2003 his book L’Etrange langue was given the Mallarmé award in France, and the same year Portante was given, in France, the Grand Prix d’Automne de la Société des Gens de Lettres, for his entire work. In 2005, French editor Le Castor Astral published a personal anthology, La Cendre des mots, containing a selection of his work from 1989 to 2005. In January 2014, Luxembourgish editor PHI has published his collected work, Le travail d la baleine, trente ans de poésie.

As a novelist, Jean Portante published, among others, Mrs Haroy ou la mémoire de la baleine, translated into many languages. He is also the author of a biography about Allen Ginsberg: Allen Ginsberg. L'autre Amérique. Le Castor Astral, 1999.

Since 2006, Jean Portante is member of the Académie Mallarmé, based in Paris.In 2008, he founded, in France, with the French poet Jacques Darras, the poetry magazine Inuits dans la jungle. In Luxembourg he is at the head of the literary magazine Transkrit dedicated to translation. In 2011 he was given the Luxembourg National Literature Award for his entire work. In English he has published: Point. Eraising, The Daedalus Press, 2003 and In reality, Seren Books, June 2013.

JEROME ROTHENBERG is an internationally known poet, translator, editor, and performer, with over ninety books of poetry and twelve assemblages of traditional and avant-garde poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium. Recent books of poems include Gematria Complete, Concealments & Caprichos, A Cruel Nirvana, A Poem of Miracles, and Retrievals: Uncollected & New Poems 1955-2010. His most recent big book is Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader, co-edited with Heriberto Yépez, and he is now working on a global and historical gathering of “outside and subterranean poetry.”

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Jerome Rothenber is Professor Emeritus at UC San Diego Visual Arts.

From left: Jean Portante and Jerome Rothenberg.