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When

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM PST
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Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 1:00 PM PST

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Where

Vallombrosa Center
250 Oak Grove Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
 

 
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Contact Info

Event Coordinators: 

Paula Weinberger at 415-309-0855 or p.weinberger41@gmail.com.
Ginni Saunders at 415-492-1064 or ginnisaunders@gmail.com.

Registrars:
Theda and Oscar Firschein at 650-854-3980 or thedaoscar@gmail.com.  

 34th  Annual  Great  Books  Poetry  Weekend November 16-17, 2019

The Location:  The lovely Vallombrosa Conference Center is within walking distance of downtown Menlo Park. Double and single rooms are available, each with their own private bathroom. All facilities, including parking, are conveniently located. Four buffet-style meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday) are included. 

Please note: Vallombrosa is not fully ADA compliant. For details, contact jaynie@vallombrosa.org

The Program: Join us for an intensive weekend reading and discussing poetry.

THE RIGHT WORD

Poetry, more than any other literary form, depends on the careful selection of words. Because the form is so condensed, each word contributes to the strength of the whole. During this Poetry Weekend we will focus, among other things, on poems that center on language. The Saturday afternoon session departs from our usual methodology. As a prelude to our Saturday evening presentation, we will examine multiple translations of two quite different poems. We are privileged to have as our guest speakers two acclaimed poet-translators, Forrest Gander and Meryl Natchez, who will guide us through the challenges of translation and answer your questions. Following a wine and cheese reception on Saturday evening, we will have a discussion and reading on The Art and Craft of Translation led by two distinguished poet/translators, Pulitzer Prize winner Forrest Gander and Marin Poetry Center Events Chair Meryl Natchez. Upon registration, you will receive a packet of the poems to be discussed as well as logistical information.  Please indicate below if you would like poems to be emailed or sent by regular mail.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 8, 2019   

The price for the whole package will be:  $220.00 per person based on a double-occupancy room with two twin-size beds and its own bathroom.  Single occupancy rooms are also available for $240.00 --- i.e., your own twin bed and your own private bathroom.  Commuters, those not staying over-night, will pay $170.00 per person.  

Please register early to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited. 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 8, 2019

CHECK IN: Saturday Morning, 9 AM - 9:45 AM: Coffee and Treats

SATURDAY MORNING DISCUSSIONS: 10 AM -12 PM: 
Words and Ideas: 

  • Let Them Not Say by Jane Hirshfield, Vallombrosa building
  • Fragment 113 by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  • Words by Patrick Daly
  • Special Problems in Vocabulary by Tony Hoagland
  • Plea and Chastisement by Frank Bidart

LUNCH: 12 NOON - 1 PM

SATURDAY AFTERNOON DISCUSSIONS: 1:15-3:15:  

A Peek Inside the Translator's Tool Box:  
A look at the pros and cons of multiple translations of: 

  • Proem, Book 1 of The Odyssey by Homer
  • Stalin Epigram by Osip Mandelstam

SATURDAY EVENING 5:00 PM: Pre-dinner wine and cheese party.

DINNER 6:00 PM

SATURDAY EVENING SPEAKERS 7:00 - 9:00 PM:  

Forrest Gander – winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry – and Meryl Natchez – discuss The Art and Craft of Translation

Gander is a writer and translator of writers from Latin America, Spain, and Japan. His translations with Kent Johnson of Bolivian poet Jaime Saenz won a PEN Translation Award, and his co-translation of Spectacle and Pigsty by Kiwao Nomura won the Best Translated Book Award. Gander’s most recent book, Be With, won the Pulitzer Prize.  


Meryl Natchez is a translator of Russian poets including: Mandelstam, Akhmatova, Gumilev, Tadeusz and Borowski. Her poems and translations have appeared in Poetry Northwest, American Journal of Poetry, The Pinch Literary Review,The Comstock Review, Atlanta Review, Lyric, Moth, Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry Review, and many others.  She is on the board of the Marin Poetry Center and blogs at www.dactyls-and-drakes.com.


SUNDAY MORNING Breakfast 8 AM – 9:30

DISCUSSION 10:00 AM to Noon:  Words as Social Commentary: 
  • The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats
  • The New Noah by Adonis
  • Jorge the Church Janitor Finally Quits by Martin Espada
  • The Mercy by Philip Levine
  • Poem for Vows by Matthew Zapruder

FOR A PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM WITH MORE DETAILS CLICK HERE.  THIS FORM MAY BE POSTAL MAILED WITH YOUR CHECK.

TO REGISTER ONLINE AND PAY BY CREDIT CARD, PAYPAL, OR BY CHECK CLICK ON THE "Register Now!" BELOW.