November 20, 1997

Contact: Yvonne French (202) 707-9191

Poet Anselm Hollo To Read December 12

Poet and translator Anselm Hollo will read his poems at the Library of Congress at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Southeast Pavilion of the Thomas Jefferson Building, at 10 First Street, S.E. Tickets are not required. Mr. Hollo has published more than 35 books and chapbooks of his poetry, most recently Corvus (1995) and AHOE (1997). He also has translated the works of many contemporary Finnish poets, among them Paavo Haavikko (Selected Poems 1949-1988, 1991) and Pentti Saarikoski (Trilogy: The Last Three Books, 1998), as well as fiction, plays and poetry (Brecht, Klee, Genet, Blok, Malle) from the German, French, Swedish and Finnish. He also translated Zlatko Dizdarevic's Sarajevo: A War Journal (1994) from French to English.

Mr. Hollo was born in 1943 in Helsinki, Finland, and was educated there and in the United States. When he was in his early twenties, he left Finland to live and work as a writer and translator, first in Germany and Austria, then in London. His translations into Finnish include Allen Ginsberg's Howl and John Lennon's In His Own Write.

For the last 30 years, Mr. Hollo has lived in the United States, teaching creative writing and literary translation. He is associate professor in the Graduate Writing and Poetics Department at the Naropa Institute, a Buddhist-inspired nonsectarian liberal arts college in Boulder, Colorado, where he and his wife, the painter Jane Dalrymple-Hollo, make their home.

Mr. Hollo's honors and awards include a Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry 1995-1996 (1996), the Finnish Government Prize for Translation of Finnish Literature (1996), Fund for Poetry Awards for Contributions to Contemporary Poetry (1989, 1991), the American- Scandinavian Foundation Award for Poetry in Translation (1989), the P.E.N./American-Scandinavian Foundation Award for Poetry in Translation (1981), a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Poet's Fellowship (1979), the New York State Creative Artists' Public Service Award (1976).

The reading by Mr. Hollo is the first in a monthly series titled "New Literature from Europe," co-sponsored by the Office of Scholarly Programs and the European Division of the Library of Congress. The embassy of the writer's country of origin will host each reading. The readings will be held in the Southeast Pavilion, adjacent to the Library's European Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. "Washington audiences will thus have an opportunity to assess and understand the originality and diversity of contemporary European literature presented by some of its best writers," said Prosser Gifford, director of the Office of Scholarly Programs.

Interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and/or Tactile) will be provided if requested five business days in advance of the event. Call (202) 707- 6362 TTY and voice to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations, contact the Disability Employment office at (202) 707-9948 TTY and (202) 707-7544 voice.

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PR 97-201
ISSN 0731-3527

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