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Edge Hill’s second International Writer in Residence is Valzhyna Mort, a major prizewinning poet and translator. Valzhyna is a Professor at Cornell University in the United States but grew up in Minsk, Belarus. She is the author of Collected Body (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) and Factory of Tears (Copper Canyon, 2008).

This visit is particularly exciting for current Edge Hill students and alumni, since Valzhyna’s work has been taught at the university for many years. She has published in the Edge Hill University Press/Arc anthology Atlantic Drift and The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. She writes in Belarusian and English, is the recipient of a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry, and the Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, among other honors.

Valzhyna will work with Creative Writing students at Edge Hill between February 22nd to March 1st giving talks to undergraduates and the MA in Creative Writing. She will give a talk about the ‘poetics of translation’ on February 26th and a reading on February 28th at the Arts Centre. Tickets are FREE for Edge Hill students.

The reading on the 28th is also to celebrate the launch of Professor Antony Rowland’s new book about Manchester (‘M’) and also reading will be our latest member of the Creative Writing team, Zayneb Allak. We hope you can celebrate these three great poets being at Edge Hill.

Details of both events are via the links here (reading on the 28th) and here. Please join us for these events and welcome Valzhyna to Edge Hill whilst she is with us.