Edge Hill University has welcomed its second International Writer in Residence, Belarusian poet Valzhyna Mort, to the campus this week.
Valzhyna is visiting Edge Hill from Cornell University, where she teaches, until 1 March. The poet, editor and translator, described by The New Yorker as writing with ‘alarming vociferousness’, and as a ‘risen star of the international poetry world’ by The Irish Times, will participate in two public events during her time at the University.
She will also work with undergraduate and postgraduate Creative Writing students through a series of talks, readings and workshops as well as conducting research in poetry and poetics during the week-long residency.
Dr James Byrne, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill said: “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 honours.”
In a public event yesterday (February 26), Valzhyna was in conversation with Dr James Byrne, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, about the poetics of translation and her inclusion in Edge Hill University Press’ transatlantic poetry and poetics anthology Atlantic Drift.
Valzhyna will also be reading at The Arts Centre on Wednesday 28th February, alongside Zayneb Allak (Lecturer in Creative Writing, Edge Hill University) and Professor Anthony Rowland (Professor of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Manchester Metropolitan University), as part of a joint celebration of her residency and the launch of Professor Rowland’s third collection M.
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