Bolesław Leśmian’s remarkable poetry may be a Polish favourite, but it’s been infuriating English-language translators for decades. Translation expert Marta Kaźmierczak talks to Culture.pl about why it’s so hard to translate Leśmian into English and what constitutes a good Leśmian translation.
Polish Discussion Club, Polish Studies at the CENES, Global Lounge and UBC Tandem invite you to a lecture and workshop by Piotr Florczyk:
“Ambassadors and Colonizers:
On Translators in the Literary Marketplace”
February 28 th , 3 PM AT THE GLOBAL LOUNGE (2205 Lower Mall)
“East Meets West:
Polish and American Poets in Conversation”
February 28 th , 5 PM @ Buchanan B, Room 215
Event supervisor: Helena G. Kudzia: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Coordinators: Janek Saunders and Cynthia Dobroszek
Please note: Both lectures will be in English. Everyone welcome.
The first lecture will be of interest to students and faculty interested in translation regardless of the language they work in
Piotr Florczyk is a doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California. His research focus is on translators in the literary marketplace and the creative dialogue between Polish and American poets. His book publications include a volume of poetry, East & West (2016), a collection of essays, Los Angeles Sketchbook (2015), a poetry chapbook, Barefoot (2015), and eight volumes of Polish poetry translations. His work has been supported by USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research, the Polish Book Institute, the Anna Akhamatova Fellowship for Younger Translators, and the Delaware Arts Council. He has served as a judge for the 2015 PEN USA Translation Prize and as a manuscript reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowships. He has also been a fellow at the Czesław Miłosz Institute at Claremont McKenna College, and taught poetry and literature undergraduate and graduate courses at San Diego State University, University of San Diego, Antioch University Los Angeles, University of Delaware, Claremont McKenna College, and at University of California-Riverside. Piotr Florczyk lives in Los Angeles. www.piotrflorczyk.com