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  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

exhibitions
February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

performances
February 20

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

exhibitions
February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

performances
March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

Tzveta Sofronieva

The poet Tzveta Sofronieva (b. 1963), who will be Max Kade Writer-in-Residence at MIT in Spring 2012, is a native speaker of Bulgarian who has adopted German as her second literary language. Sofronieva left Bulgaria, where she was already established as a poet, in 1989 as a consequence of her involvement in political opposition activities. She eventually settled in Berlin, which remains her home, and began to take German lessons in 1991, at the age of twenty-eight. Her first German-language poems were published in the literary journal Akzente in 2007. In 2009 Sofronieva was awarded the Robert Bosch Foundation's Adelbert-von-Chamisso Förderpreis for Eine Hand voll Wasser [A Hand Full of Water] (2008), her first book-length collection of poetry to appear in German. The Chamisso prizes have been awarded annually since 1985 and are given to authors writing in German whose mother tongue or cultural background is not German. Sofronieva is a physicist by training and holds a doctorate in the history of science.

"Listen carefully to her. She has something to say."
                             -Joseph Brodsky on Tzveta Sofronieva
 

Selected Poems

Un-lost in translation


Tzveta Sofronieva
(Trans. Chantal Wright)

 


The window at the front and right of my compartment
           reflects the scene on the left at my rear.
         I can see what is passing superimposed on
         what is coming, and it is as though the light
      likes this game, irrespective of where the sun is,
                      or where the train is heading.