The Bridge | El Pont
celebrates its 3rd anniversary
with Catalan translators
Mary Ann Newman
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Tuesday, March 25, 7 PM
McNally Jackson Books / 52 Prince St
NY, NY 10012 / btwn Lafayette & Mulberry
Peter Bush is an award-winning literary translator of Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan from the UK. A former director of the British Centre for Literary Translation, Bush became a professor of Literary Translation at Middlesex University and later the University of East Anglia. He currently works as a freelance translator. In 2009, he was awarded the Calouste Gulbenkian Portuguese Translation Prize for his translation of Miguel Sousa Tavares’s Equator. Other translations of his include Tyrant Banderas by Ramón del Valle-Inclán, A Thousand Morons by Quim Monzó, Celestina by Fernando de Rojas and Leonardo Padura’s Inspector Mario Conde novels. His translations of two Catalan classics by Josep Pla will be published in 2014: The Gray Notebook and The Bitter Life.
Mary Ann Newman is the Director of the Farragut Fund for Catalan culture in the U.S. She is a translator, editor, and occasional writer on Catalan culture. In addition to Quim Monzó, she has translated Xavier Rubert de Ventós, Joan Maragall, and Narcis Comadira, among others. Her latest translation is Barcelona Bestiary, a collection of poems by Josep Carner, illustrated with images taken from the streetscapes of Barcelona.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a poet, essayist, translator, and art critic. His translation of Salvador Espriu’s classic Catalan collection of short stories Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth was published by Dalkey Archive in 2012. And his first book of poetry, THE GROUND: poems, has won several awards, including a 2013 Whiting Writers’ Award, the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, and the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award in Poetry. He is also the author of a book of criticism, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness. Currently he is an associate professor of English at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Poetry Center. He also writes frequently for Artforum.
Special thanks to NYRB Classics, Institut Ramon Llull, and Blue Flower Arts.