T H E T R E A S U R E OF
J O R G E C A R R E R A A N D R A D E
A T S T O N Y B R O O K
A POETRY READING WITH CRITICAL COMMENTARY
In Celebration of the Jorge Carrera Andrade Collection
||Wednesday, April 20, 2005
The Javits Room / 2nd Floor
Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library
Steven Ford Brown
J. Enrique Ojeda
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THE JORGE CARRERA ANDRADE COLLECTION
AT STONY BROOK
STEVEN FORD BROWN'S WORK
TRANSLATING JORGE CARRERA ANDRADE
published his translation of Jorge Carrera Andrade's poetry, Century of the Death of the Rose: Selected Poems, in 2002 with NewSouth Books. Harvard Review describes this work as "a testament to Andrade's status as one of the most original and enduring voices in twentieth-century poetry."
His translation of Carrera Andrade's Microgramas (Micrograms) will be published in May 2005. His translations of work by Carrera Andrade and other poets, including Angel Gonzalez and Pere Gimfirrer, have appeared in The Antioch Review, The Colorado Review, Christian Science Monitor, Harvard Review, Marlboro Review, Poetry, Quarterly West, and Verse. Excerpts from his translation of Astonishing World: The Selected Poems of Angel Gonzalez, 1956–1986 (Milkweed Editions, 1993) were included in The Vintage Anthology of Contemporary World Poetry, edited by J. D. McClatchy (Vintage/Random House, 1996).
Among his other books are One More River to Cross: The Selected Poems of John Beecher, introduction by Studs Terkel (NewSouth Books, 2003); Edible Amazonia: Twenty-One Poems from God’s Amazonian Recipe Book, his verse translation of work by Nicomedes Suarez-Arauz (Bitter Oleander Press, 2002); and Heart’s Invention: On the Poetry of Vassar Miller, introduction by Larry McMurtry (Ford-Brown & Co., 1988). He is also the editor of After Neruda, After Paz: 16 Latin American Poets (2001) and At a Crossroads: 18 Contemporary Poets from the New Spain (2003), two special issues of The Atlanta Review. A man of letters independent of academe, Brown is employed in the European equities department of an international investment firm in Boston. He is currently writing a book of short stories and a non-fiction book about rock ’n’ roll.
TWO POEMS TRANSLATED BY MUNA LEE:
"Biography for the Use of the Birds" and "Nameless District"
WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS TO MUNA LEE (1942)
ABOUT THE POETRY OF JORGE CARRERA ANDRADE
JONATHAN COHEN'S NEW BOOK ABOUT MUNA LEE
ABOUT JONATHAN COHEN
ABOUT GABRIELA POLIT-DUEÑAS
JORGE CARRERA ANDRADE'S "SEASONS OF STONY BROOK"
is the world’s pre-eminent authority on the life and work of Jorge Carrera Andrade. An Ecuadorian-American, he is professor emeritus of Hispanic studies at Boston College. He is the author of major critical works on Jorge Carrera Andrade, including Jorge Carrera Andrade: introducción al estudio de su vida y de su obra [Jorge Carrera Andrade: Introduction to the Study of His Life and His Work] (Torres, 1971). He has edited several editions of Carrera Andrade's poetry and prose, including Poemas desconocidos [Unknown Poems] (Paradiso, 2002), Poesía última [Last Poetry] (Las Americas, 1968), and El volcán y el colibrí: autobiografía [The Volocano and the Hummingbird: Autobiography] (Nacional, 1989).
In addition to his work on Carrera Andrade, he is the author of
Ensayos sobre las obras de Jorge Icaza [Essays on the Works of Jorge Icaza] (Editorial Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, 1991) and
an intellectual history of Boston, La ciudad en la colina [City on the Hill] (Ediciónes del Banco Central del Ecuador, 1990).
For his studies of Carrera Andrade, Icaza, and other Ecuadorian authors, he has received two Fulbright senior research grants and one from the Organization of American States. An assistant professor in Stony Brook University's Spanish department during the late 1960s and early 1970s (and colleague of Carrera Andrade, who was a member of the faculty here between 1969 and 1972), Dr. Ojeda coordinated the library's acquisition of the papers that form the Jorge Carrera Andrade Collection.
Translated by H. R. Hays
Jorge Carrera Andrade, left, with poet Nicanor Parra,
at Old Field Point Light in 1968.
[Photo by J. Enrique Ojeda]