Poet and Translator Willis Barnstone to Read at BookPeople of Moscow, March 21

Thursday, March 8 2012


By Donna Emert

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho’s department of English presents Willis Barnstone, one of America's most prolific and highly regarded translators and poets, on Wednesday , March 21 at 7:30 p.m., at BookPeople in Moscow.

In addition to the reading, Barnstone will be interviewed by award-winning poet and University of Idaho professor, Robert Wrigley. The presentation is free and open to the public.

“Willis Barnstone is one our country's most prolific, important writers,” said Doug Heckman, director of the University of Idaho MFA creative writing program. “He's been publishing for over 60 years, including major translations of the New Testament and of Jorge Luis Borges. One can't emphasize enough the impact of this writer on American and world literature."

Barnstone is the author of over 70 books of poetry, translation, literary criticism, biblical scholarship and memoir. His most recognized works include: From This White Island, 501 Sonnets, Algebra of Night, The Secret Reader, The Gnostic Bible and Restored New Testament.

A Guggenheim and Fulbright fellow, he has been nominated four times for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and has had four Book of the Month Club selections. His poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The New York Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement.

Barnstone is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, and lives in Oakland, Calif. His most recent books include: Essential Gnostic Scriptures and The Poems of Jesus Christ. His work has been translated into many languages, including French, Italian, Romanian, Arabic, Korean and Chinese.
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