Past Event

Word for Word: Creative Writing and Literary Translation

July 6, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Estação das Letras
Word for Word

William Wadsworth, Director of Academic Administration and Adjunct Professor for Writing Programs at the School of The Arts, and Professor Paulo Henriques Britto, Professor of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro discuss the importance of the professional qualification of writers and translators and the paths for building a literary career. In the dialogue, the professors will reflect about the differences between the writer’s and the translator’s work, the differences of translating different literary genres (such as poetry, chronic, prose, essay), and translation's relationship with the editorial market in Brazil and in the US. Regarding the particularities of the profession in both contexts, the event will also entangle the experience of creating programs for the formation of writers and translators.

Paulo Henriques Britto is a Portuguese-English translator, poet and a Literature professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). He holds a master in Literature (1982) and a bachelor degree in English and Portuguese (1978). both from PUC-Rio. In 2004, he was granted with the Award Portugal Telecom for his book MACAU (2003).

William Wadsworth ​is ​the ​Columbia University School of the Arts Director of Academic Administration of the Graduate Writing Program ​and a member of the Adjunct Faculty. For ​over ten years he served as executive director of the Academy of American Poets, where he oversaw the launch of the seminal website and the inauguration of April as National Poetry Month.