Gregary J. Racz, vice-president of the American Literary Translators Association and professor at Long Island University, will be appearing tonight at the Americas Society along with internationally acclaimed Peruvian poet Eduardo Chirinos to mark the publication of Reasons for Writing Poetry (Salt Publishing), the first collection of Chirinos’s poems to appear in English. The book includes poems drawn from nearly 30 years of poetic production. Chirinos is the author of sixteen books of poetry in addition to volumes of academic criticism, essays, translations, and children’s books. Racz’s previous translations from the Spanish include, most recently, Life Is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, published by Penguin Classics.
The Americas Society is located at 680 Park Avenue. The book presentation will take place at 7:00 p.m., followed by a reception. And it’ll end in plenty of time for you to get down to Wall Street to join the occupation for an hour or two.