Join us at City Lit Books for a presentation of Amaia Gabantxo’s translation of A Glass Eye, by Miren Agur Meabe. This is the first full length novel from one of the most highly regarded — and awarded — Basque poets.
A work of auto-fiction, A Glass Eye is a story of loss, and a study in how women fill spaces of loss and pain with art. In the novel, a writer retreats to Les Landes (in Southern France’s Pays Basque) to get over a break-up and write her next book. Her exploration of loss in her own life (the loss of her eye, of her love, of her mom) and in the lives of other female writers and artists leads her to discover deeper truths about the nature of art and love and the female artist’s sense of self.
Amaia will be in conversation with Izidora Angel.
The event will begin with poetry readings by fellow Third Coast Translators Collective members Lucina Schell, Aviya Kushner, Susanna Lang, and Izidora Angel.
Amaia Gabantxo is a Chicago-based writer, flamenco singer and literary translator specialized in Basque literature—a pioneer in the field, and its most prolific contributor. Recent translations include Twist , and Downhill, and Rock & Core. Her album Kantuz: 1931 was released in February 2019. Most recently, Amaia collaborated with the neo-conceptual artist Jenny Holzer in her Bilbao Guggenheim Museum retrospective as translator and consultant for the artist’s light projections of poetry onto the museum’s façade.
Lucina Schell is International Rights Manager at the University of Chicago Press and translates poetry from the Spanish. Recent translations include Daiana Henderson's So That Something Remains Lit , and Vision of the Children of Evil by Miguel Ángel Bustos. She’ll be reading poems by Erika Martínez.
Aviya Kushner is the author of The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible. She is The Forward’s language columnist and an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago. She will be reading from her recently published chapbook Eve and All the Wrong Men.
Susanna Lang’s third collection of poems, Travel Notes from the River Styx was published in 2017. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Little Star, Prairie Schooner, and Verse Daily. She’ll be reading poems by Nohad Salameh, translated from the French.
Izidora Angel is a Chicago-based writer and translator. Her debut novel in translation, The Same Night Awaits Us All, was published in 2018. She’ll be reading poems by Geo Milev and Peyo Yavorov.
The Third Coast Translators Collective is an international community of literary translators in Chicago translating from a dozen different languages. Members are deeply rooted in the city's literary community, organize readings, share resources, provide mentorship, workshop, facilitate pathways to publication, and foster belonging and excitement about international literature. For more information, visit tctranslatorscollective.org or on Facebook: @tctranslatorscollective.