Evening of Poetry from Burma and Sudan
May 9, 2013
Grolier Poetry Book Shop and the Democracy Center present an evening of poetry from Burma and Sudan with Khin Aung Aye, James Byrne, Adrie Kusserow and Zeyar Lynn. Khin Aung Aye has published 11 collections of poetry, which include collaborations with leading poets and translators from Burma like Zeyar Lynn and his own cousin and early teacher Maw Rosseau. His latest collection , 54 Sentences Dictated by free though, was published in Yangon this summer. He lives in Bangkok. James Byrne is the editor of The Wolf, an internationally renowned poetry magazine, which he co-founded in 2002. His second collection in the UK, Blood/Sugar was published by Arc Publications in November 2009. In 2012 he co- translated and co-edited Bones will Crow, the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poetry to be published in the west. Adrie Kusserow’s book Refuge is forthcoming from Boa Editions, Ltd. She is a cultural anthropologist and poet, working primarily with Nuba Refugee youth in South Sudan. “Not only do the poems in Refuge serve to witness that which would otherwise be given to the erasures of history, they transcend borders and serve as bridges to a deeply human experience” - Brian Turner. Zeyar Lynn is a poet, critic, writer, translator and language instructor who lives in Rangoon. He has instigated a wider appreciation of postmodern and L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry forms into Burmese and is widely regarded as the most influential living poet in Burma. He has published Distinguishing Features (2006), Real/Life: Prose Poems (2009) and Kilimanjaro (2010), Poetry means Craft (2011), he has also translated various Western poets.