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Release: Oct. 8, 1999
IWP reading is a farewell for UI Translation Workshop
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The International Writing Program
(IWP) at the University of Iowa will present a free reading at 5 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 17 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque in downtown Iowa
City. The featured readers will be visiting Polish poet, essayist and translator
Halina Cieplinska-Bitner; English poet and translator Daniel Weissbort, director
of the UI Translation Workshop; and IWP graduate assistant Prasenjit Gupta
Weissbort, who has also served as interim director
of the IWP, will retire from the UI faculty at the end of the fall semester.
Among his recent books are the poetry collections
"Inscription," "Lake: New and Selected Poems" and "What Was All the Fuss About";
"Periplus: Poetry in Translation," "Translating Poetry -- The Double Labyrinth,"
"The Poetry of Survival: Post-War Poets of Central and Eastern Europe," and
the translation of Enzo Traverso's "The Jews and Germany." He is particularly
well known for his translations of Russian poetry, including works of Joseph
Cieplinska has produced 25 books of original work, translations,
and literary criticism, including the play "A Cheap Alibi"; critical studies
including "The Transcendental Movement and H. D. Thoreau's 'Walden'," which
received the 1992 Annual Award from the Association of Polish Translators
for the most outstanding literary translation of essays; and numerous translations
into Polish of works ranging from the novels of Philip Roth, Jerzy Kosinski,
and Dom DeLillo to Thoreau's essays.
Cieplinska has served as lecturer of English at the Central
School of Economics in Warsaw, and is presently affiliated with Polish television
as editorial and artistic director in the translation of filmscripts. Her
participation in the IWP is supported by the Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation.
Gupta is a doctoral student in comparative literature,
and he has been a research assistant for both the UI Writers' Workshop and
the UI Press.
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Halina Cieplinska is pronounced
hah-LEE-nah chepp-WIN-ska. Prasenjit Gupta is pronounced prah-SEN-jeet GOOP-tah.)