Slovenian Poet Tomaž Šalamun to Visit SFUAD
Šalamun, considered the greatest living Slovenian poet, will visit creative writing classes and give a free public reading of his work
Santa Fe, N.M.—Sept. 20, 2012—The Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) Creative Writing Department announced that it will host Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun on campus Oct. 8–10.
Šalamun will visit creative writing classes and will give a public reading in the O’Shaughnessy Performance Space, followed by a brief Q&A session, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. This free event is co-sponsored by the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).
Considered Slovenia’s greatest living poet and one of the foremost figures of the Eastern European poetic avant-garde, Šalamun attracted critical notice with his first collection, Poker, which was published when he was only 25. He was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1941 and grew up in Koper, Slovenia. Šalamun is revered by many American poets for his unique surrealistic style. His books have been translated into 21 languages, and nine of his 37 books of poetry have been published in English.
“We are so lucky to have the opportunity to bring Tomaž Šalamun to campus,” says Dana Levin, co-chair of SFUAD’s Creative Writing and Literature Department. “His work has had a huge impact on younger poets in particular, many of whom he has worked with on translating his poems into English. His writing is funny, strange, political and soulful. It demonstrates that surrealism can be a necessary civic language.”
|Name of event:
||Tomaž Šalamun reading|
|Date of event:
||Tuesday, Oct. 9|
||O’Shaughnessy Performance Space in Benildus Hall|
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
1600 St. Michaels Drive, Santa Fe, N.M.
||Contact Susanne Miller at 1-505-473-6200.|
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The Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design enables students to learn from and grow along with a core of published, award-winning authors. Dedicated students polish their literary skills and discover the right forms for their unique voice, while taking advantage of numerous opportunities to conduct public readings, work collaboratively, and inspire and be inspired by their peers. Annually, the Creative Writing and Literature Department publishes a student-edited and student-produced literary journal, Glyph, featuring some of the university’s best writing in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry and screenwriting.
About Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Santa Fe University of Art and Design is an accredited institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the world’s leading centers for art and design. The university offers degrees in arts management, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, moving image arts (filmmaking and video production), performing arts, photography and studio art. Faculty members are practicing artists who teach students in small groups, following a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines hands-on experience with core theory and prepares graduates to become well-rounded, creative, problem-solving professionals. As a Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Art, Architecture and Design, the university boasts an international student body and opportunities to study abroad, encouraging students to develop a global perspective on the arts. Santa Fe University of Art and Design is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.