As part of the inaugural Atlanta Poetry Festival and Translation Summit, Westminster will host an international panel of poets.
Westminster is partnering with Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Berry College to host the four-day virtual event, where poets from the four institutions and from Germany will participate.
On Monday, October 26, from 1:10 to 1:50 p.m., the poets will take part in a virtual, public reading and Q&A session. The poets, including Westminster's Mario Chard, will discuss their experiences and address the role translation plays in their lives as artists and citizens of various nations, cultures, and identities.
The event stems from a June 2019 meeting when Upper School English teacher Mario Chard was asked to join five other U.S. poets to participate in a poetry festival in Berlin. During the festival, Germany's major poetry organization, the Haus für Poesie, hosted its annual event, "VERSschmuggel / reVERSible," where six poets writing in German collaborate with six poets writing in other languages to translate each other's work. As part of that collaboration, the American poets invited the six German poets to participate in the inaugural Atlanta Poetry Festival and Translation Summit.