Comparative Literature Luncheon presents talk about Nobel Prize-winning poet

October 05, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Andrew Singer, lecturer in European literary cultures, literary translation and creative writing at Penn State, will present “Derek Walcott and the Expansion of English-language Poetry” at 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 9, in Room 102 of the Kern Building.

A poet and instructor, literary translator and editor, Singer has been teaching courses at Penn State in creative writing, literary translation, and European literatures, and directs Trafika Europe, showcasing new fiction and poetry in English translation from across the 47 Council of Europe countries. Trafika Europe features an online quarterly journal, events calendar, online European bookshop, animated literary videos, audio interviews and essays — and is preparing to launch Trafika Europe Radio, Europe's literary radio station online, based at Penn State.

Singer mentored as a poet with Derek Walcott for three years at Boston University, during the time the latter received his Nobel Prize for Literature. This firsthand perspective on the importance of Walcott's work forms the basis for this talk.

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m.  At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation by a visitor or a local speaker on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome.

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This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies.     

Last Updated October 11, 2017