Panitza Library

Transformation, by Barbara Goldberg

May 09, 2019

The American poet Barbara Goldberg, winner of the Valentin Krustev Translation Award of the William Meredith Foundation, will read from her poems and translations from Hebrew on May 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Panitza Library. Moderator of the event is Richard Harties, an American poet.

Transformation by Barbara Goldberg - on January 9th , 2019, the famous American poet William Meredith would have been 100 years old. Throughout the year, the Meredith Foundation has sponsored art exhibitions, publications, and poetry readings for two award-winning books published by Poets Choice. The Valentin Krustev Award for Translation honors the memory of poet and translator Valentin Krustev who was such a crucial friend to William Meredith over the decades. (Meredith was in residence at AUBG in 1996 and received an honorary Ph.D. from the university that year.) The winning publication (TRANSFORMATION) by Barbara Goldberg features her translations of Israeli poetry and exquisite prose on the art of translation. A second award book, the annual William Meredith Award for Poetry has been given to Tom Kirlin for ENABLING LOVE. Both works will be featured at a reading by Ms. Goldberg and Mr. Harteis, President of the Meredith Foundation who taught at AUBG. Poems will be read in English and Bulgarian translations. 

Barbara Goldberg - Poet, translator, and essayist Barbara Goldberg grew up in Forest Hills, Queens. She earned degrees from Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University, and American University. Her work is known for its formal control, sensual imagery, and wit; the poet Stanley Kunitz praised Goldberg for “the inventiveness of her mind and the brilliant assurance of her craft.” Goldberg’s work has received numerous awards, most recently, the Valentin Krustev Award for Translation for Transformation: The Poetry of Translation.   Other prize-winning books include The Royal Baker’s Daughter,  Marvelous Pursuits,  Cautionary Tales, and Berta Broadfoot and Pepin Short.   Goldberg, with Israeli poet Moshe Dor translated and edited four books of contemporary Israeli poetry.   The recipient of two fellowships from National Endowment Arts, she is a former senior speechwriter for a large, nonprofit organization.  Currently Goldberg is Series Editor, International Editions, for the Word Works.  She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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