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Tribute to world famous German poet to be held at NMSU

A bilingual poetry reading and a translation workshop will be held Friday, Dec. 1, on the New Mexico State University campus to posthumously honor the 80th birthday of Ingeborg Bachmann, Austria's most famous post-World War II poet.



Poet and literary translator Peter Filkins will hold a translation workshop at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the Emerson Room 229 in the English Building on the NMSU campus. He also will perform a bilingual German-English reading of Bachmann's poetry at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 1, in Room 106 of Hardman Hall. (Courtesy Photo)

Poet and literary translator Peter Filkins will hold a translation workshop at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the Emerson Room 229 in the English Building on the NMSU campus. Filkins is the translator of "Darkness Spoken: The Collected Poems of Ingeborg Bachmann."

Poet and literary translator Peter Filkins

Later that evening, Filkins will give a bilingual German-English reading of Bachmann's poetry at 7:30 p.m. in Room 106 of Hardman Hall. This reading will be sponsored by NMSU's La Sociedad Para Las Artes and Zephyr Press, the publisher which released "Darkness Spoken."

Considered one of the premier German-language poets of her generation, Bachmann's work, according to Zephyr Press, "remains highly influential to this day, and she is now regarded as a pioneer of European feminism and postwar literature. [Her] poetic investigation into the nature and limits of language in the face of history remains unmatched in its ability to combine philosophical insight with haunting lyricism."

Filkins will read Bachmann's work in her original German as well as his English translations. He is a professor at Simon's Rock College of Bard in Massachusetts. Filkins also is a recipient of an Outstanding Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin.

Along with Filkins, third-year graduate student and fiction writer Lindsay Armstrong will read from her thesis.

Bachmann died in 1973 in a tragic fire at the age of 47. The poet rose to international fame for work that conveyed the terror and horror of WWII life, coupled with language that articulates beauty. The poet's 80th birthday has been commemorated internationally through exhibits, readings and more.

The reading is free and open to the public.
For more information call (505) 646-2027 or Zephyr Press at (505) 524-1474.