Three (or four, depending how you count) great-sounding translation events coming up in NYC in the next three days:
• A double-header in Elmhurst, Queens on Sunday, Sept. 29 (that would be tomorrow): the series First Tuesdays will be hosting a book launch for Landscape with Yellow Birds: Selected Poems by Jose Angel Valente, translated by Thomas Christensen and published by Archipelago. The evening will also feature a translation open mike: participants can sign up for a three-minute time slot to read from their work. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m., and the event itself starts at 7:00. Organizer Richard Jeffrey Newman says that if the open mike proves popular, there will be more of them. For more information, see his website. The event will be held at Terraza Café on Gleane Street (take the 7 to 82nd St. and walk east to Gleane).
• On Monday, Sept. 30, the wonderful Italian poet Patrizia Cavalli will join several of her translators (including Jorie Graham, J.D. McClatchy, David Shapiro, Geoffrey Brock and Gini Alhadeff) to read from her new book in English, My Poems Won’t Change the World (edited by Alhadeff and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, 131 E 10th St, 8:00 p.m.
• On Tuesday, Oct. 1, Geoffrey Brock and a few surprise guests will read from his new anthology The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry at the Elizabeth Street Garden in an event sponsored by McNally Jackson Books. 209 Elizabeth St. (near Prince), 6:00 p.m.
• And don’t forget the translation panel being held in just a few hours down in the East Village as part of the symposium Shining Island. I’ll be speaking along with Uljana Wolf, Christian Hawkey and Jürgen Jakob Becker of the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, 4:15 p.m.
Enjoy the week in translation!