7217 West Liberty Road
Ann Arbor, MI
Art in the Garden with Malena Mörling and Michael McGriff
One Pause Poetry is excited to once again be partnering with White Lotus Farms for a reading of Malena Mörling and Michael McGriff, as part of their “Art in the Garden” Fall Series. Individually, Mörling and McGriff are two of this country's most talented young poets, but they also join with One Pause to share their collaborative work as co-translators of 2011 Nobel Prize winner, Swedish poet, Tomas Tranströmer.
The poets will read from their own work and also from their recent translations of Tranströmer (in English and in Swedish). A book signing and reception with White Lotus Farms fresh cheese, brick oven pizza and artisan bread will follow.
Tomas Gösta Tranströmer (born Stockholm, Sweden, 15 April 1931) is a Swedish writer, poet and translator, whose poetry has been translated into over 60 languages. Tranströmer is acclaimed as one of the most important European and Scandinavian writers since World War II. Critics have praised Tranströmer’s poems for their accessibility, even in translation; his poems capture the long Swedish winters, the rhythm of the seasons and the palpable, atmospheric beauty of nature. He was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Michael McGriff was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. He is the author of two books of poetry, Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) and Dismantling the Hills (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008). His other books include an edition of David Wevill’s essential writings, To Build My Shadow a Fire (Truman State University Press, 2010), and a co-translation of Tomas Tranströmer’s The Sorrow Gondola (Green Integer Books, 2010). His poetry, translations, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including American Poetry Review, Bookforum, Slate, Narrative, and The Believer. He has received a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he edits Tavern Books, a publishing house devoted to poetry in translation and the revival of out-of-print books.
Malena Mörling was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She is the author of two books of poetry: Ocean Avenue, published by New Issues Press in 1999, and Astoria, published by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2006. In 2011, her translations into Swedish of Philip Levine’s collection, 1933, were published in Sweden by ellerström’s bokförlag. Her translations of Tomas Tranströmer’s poetry are included in the collection, For The Living and the Dead, published by Ecco Press in 1995. She also translated two chapbooks, Tomas Tranströmer’s First Poemsand Prison, Nine Haiku by Tomas Tranströmer, published by Tavern Books in 2011. Malena Morling has received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship and a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship. She is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.