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Sun, Sep 26


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Tengour with Joris & Swensen, & Riggs with Borel & Robert

Reading by Habib Tengour with translations by Pierre Joris & Cole Swensen, & a reading by Sarah Riggs with translations by Marie Borel & Jérémy Robert

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Tengour with Joris & Swensen, & Riggs with Borel & Robert

Time & Location

Sep 26, 2021, 11:00 AM

Online via Zoom


About The Event

Arizona does not participate in Daylight Savings Time. This means the reading will take part at 11am Arizona Time, which is currently the same as Pacific Daylight Time. This event will take place at 2pm in New York & 8pm in Paris.

Habib Tengour, poet & anthropologist, was born in 1947 in Mostaganem, Algeria, & raised on the Arab and Berber voices of marketplace storytellers. He has spent most of his life between Algeria & France & has published over 20 books of poetry, prose, theater & essays. His poetry has been translated into a number of languages. In the US, Pierre Joris edited & translated Exile is my Trade, A Habib Tengour Reader (Black Widow Press, 2012), Marylin Hacker translated a collection of poetry, Crossings (The Post-Apollo Press, 2013) & Cole Swensen has also been translating Tengour for the Tamaas Poetry Translation Seminar (available online: click here). His most recent works are: Odysséennes/ Odissaiche, (a bilingual French-Italian edition, translated by Fabio Scotto, Puntoacapo, Torino, 2019 ; Ta voix vit/Nous vivons, (with drawings by Hamid Tibouchi, Apic, Algiers, 2020) & an expanded edition of La sandale d’Empédocle, (Non lieu, Paris, 2021.)

Sarah Riggs is a poet, filmmaker, translator and artist ( She is the author of seven books of poetry in English: Waterwork (Chax, 2007), Chain of Minuscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling (Reality Street, 2007), 60 Textos (Ugly Duckling, 2010), Autobiography of Envelopes (Burning Deck, 2012), Pomme & Granite (1913 Press, 2015) which won a 1913 poetry prize. Inspired by filming the dance of Stéphane Bouquet, choreographed by Mathilde Monnier for the Essaouira section of Six Lives, she is making a film about four NY dancer choreographers. Her most recent books of poetry are Eavesdrop (Chax, 2020) and Murmurations (Apic, 2021).

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