Whittier College News Release

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Nov. 8, 2002                                                                       
Reference: 02/03: 32           
Contact: J
udy Browning at (562) 907-4216                                                                    

Noted Poet and Author Willis Barnstone at Whittier College 

WHAT:                       Willis Barnstone will read from The New Covenant, his translation

                            of the New Testament. 

WHEN:                  7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19 

WHERE:                    The Club at Whittier College
                           13406 Philadelphia Street, Whittier                                     

COST:                        Free 

ADD:                     Barnstone, former O’Connor Professor of Greek at Colgate University, is a distinguished professor of comparative literature and a founding member of the Institute of Biblical and Literary Studies at Indiana University.  A poet and author of The Poetics of Translation: History, Theory, Practice, he has been the recipient of many awards, including the Emily Dickinson Award of the Poetry Society of America, W.H. Auden Award of the New York State Arts Council, PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Special Citation, and the Midland Authors Award. The New Covenant: The Four Gospels and Apocalypse, published this year by Riverhead, Penguin Putnam, was the Book of the Month selection in April. It is a new literary translation from the Greek, which, in addition to restoring much of the poetry of the New Testament, restores the probable Hebrew names of place and person, putting Christianity back into its Jewish context.

Barnstone was born in Lewiston, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin, Columbia, and Yale. He taught in Greece at the end of the civil war (1949-51), and in Buenos Aires during the “Dirty War.”  During the Cultural Revolution, he went to China, where he was later a Fulbright Professor of American Literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University (1984-1985).  His publications include Modern European Poetry, The Other Bible, The Secret Reader: 501 Sonnets, the memoir biography With Borges on an Ordinary Evening in Buenos Aires, and To Touch the Sky.  BOA will publish his newest volume of poems, Life Watch, next year.  A Guggenheim fellow, he is the recipient of NEH and NEA awards.  His poems have appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, APR, Atlantic Monthly, Doubletake, and New Yorker.  

INFORMATION:     For information, contact Britni Sternquist, Johnson House intern, at (562) 907- 5346.

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