Poetry. Christian Hawkey's VENTRAKL folds poetry, prose, biography, translation practices, and photographic imagery into a ground-breaking collaboration with the 19th / early 20th century Austrian Expressionist poet Georg Trakl. What evolves is a candid and deeply felt portrait of two authors—one at the beginning of the 20th century, the other at the beginning of the 21st century, one living and one dead—wrestling with fundamental concerns: how we read texts and images, how we are influenced and authored by other writers, and how the practice of translation—including mistranslation—is a way to ornament and enrich the space between literature and life.
Christian Hawkey is a writer & translator living in Brooklyn, New York, & in Neukölln, Berlin. In both cities he teaches for the Department of Writing at Pratt Institute. He is currently co-translating with Marouane Zakhir a second book by the Moroccan philosopher Abdessalam Benabdelali, Hosting the Stranger. His own poetry has been translated into over a dozen languages. He is the author of VENTRAKL (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) and CITIZEN OF (Wave Books, 2007).
Author City: Brooklyn, NY USA