Adélia Prado and Thomas Lux

10th November 2014 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Poet in the City, in collaboration with The Poetry Trust, presents the debut London reading from two of the greatest poetic voices from Brazil and the USA.

Adélia Prado is one of Brazil's most important living poets. This year she was honoured with The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry's Lifetime Recognition Award. Prado's poetry sees 'the metaphysical, the divine, through the concrete and the human'. She appears here alongside the translator of The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adélia Prado, Ellen Doré Watson.

Award winning poet Thomas Lux has published widely in the USA and is now about to launch a Selected Poems in the UK with Bloodaxe Books. From original influences in Surrealism, Lux creates compelling poems which are 'rhythmical and musical and believable as human speech'.

This is a unique opportunity to hear these wonderful, rarely seen poets in an intimate and one-off London reading.

ADÉLIA PRADO has published eight collections of poetry and seven of prose in her native Brazilian Portuguese, and has had two collections translated by Ellen Doré Watson into English – The Alphabet in the Park, Selected Poems (1990) and Ex-Voto (2013). 2014 will mark her long-awaited first trip to the UK, to the launch her first UK publication – The Mystical Rose: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe) – at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. She received the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry’s ‘Lifetime Recognition Award’ in 2014 – the first woman and South American poet to achieve this honour.

THOMAS LUX published his first collection in 1972. In 1995 he received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his sixth collection Split Horizon. Three times recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, his most recent 12th collection in the USA is Child made of Sand (2012). His UK readings in 2014 coincide with the publication and launch at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival of a new Selected Poems (Bloodaxe).

ELLEN DORÉ WATSON is director of the Poetry Center at Smith College where she also teaches. She has published five collections of poetry, most recently Dogged Hearts (2010). She also translates from the Brazilian Portuguese, including The Alphabet in the Park by Adélia Prado, for which she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. Her translation of Prado’s Ex-Voto was published in 2013.

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