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(English/Spanish) Poetry Translation Workshops

UPCOMING POETRY TRANSLATION WORKSHOPS With Poet/Translator Yvette Neisser Moreno

The following workshops will be offered this fall at at The Writer\’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD. 301-654-8664. Registration is open on the Writer\’s Center website,

INTRO TO POETRY TRANSLATION: 4 Tuesday evenings in October, 7:00-9:30pm (starting 10/7)

“Translation is an important art at which every poet should try her hand.” –Jane Kenyon.

This workshop is an opportunity to try your hand at translating poetry. In the process, you will have the joy of intimately studying a poem or two that you love in another language, of bringing those poems into English as only you can, and of taking on another poet’s voice and style. We also will have the pleasure of learning from each other about the intricacies of poetry in languages that we cannot read. The only prerequisites are a love of poetry and language, and sufficient knowledge of a foreign language to be able to translate with the help of a dictionary. We will look at translations of published poems along with translators’ commentaries as a way to discuss various approaches to translation; will do translation/poetry exercises; and will “workshop” students’ translations. Students of all levels are welcome.

POETRY TRANSLATION II: 4 Tuesday evenings in November, 7:00-9:30pm (starting 11/4)

This 4-week intermediate workshop is the continuation of Poetry Translation I. It is open to any student who has completed Poetry Translation I (or the equivalent) or who has some experience translating poetry. These four sessions will be dedicated to \”workshopping\” students\’ works in progress in more depth. In so doing, we will also devote time, as needed, to the craft of poetry as it pertains to translation–for example, diction, rhyme, meter, rhythm, alliteration, poetic forms. Any student signed up for Poetry Translation I is welcome (and encouraged) to sign up for this workshop as well. Also, if you have a poetry translation project in progress and would like feedback and support, this workshop is for you!

If you have any questions or want more info, feel free to contact instructor Yvette Neisser Moreno at or 301-879-1959.

******************************** Yvette Neisser Moreno Poet, Translator, Writer, Teacher ********************************

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