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Salgado Maranhão and Alexis Levitin to give poetry reading at Chatham University on Oct. 18

PITTSBURGH (October 2, 2012) … Afro-Brazilian poet and songwriter Salgado Maranhão joins award-winning translator Alexis Levitin for a free poetry reading on Oct. 18 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Mellon Living Room on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. Spend an evening with the provocative words of Salgado Maranhão from his latest book, “Blood of the Sun,” which was brought to life and translated to English by Alexis Levitin.

Publisher Milkweed Editions says, “Pairing one of the most celebrated poets in Brazil today with the premier American translator of Portuguese-language literature, ‘Blood of the Sun’ offers a richly multicultural and highly musical experience.”

Maranhão is the author of nine collections of poems. His recent volume of new and selected poems entitled A Cor da Palavra” (The Color of the Word) was named the best book of poetry by the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2011, which is Brazil’s highest literary award. Additionally, Maranhão has written song lyrics and made recordings with some of Brazil’s leading jazz and pop musicians. Sol Sangüíneo” (Blood of the Sun) is Maranhão’s first book to appear in the English translation.

Levitin has translated more than thirty books, mostly from the Portuguese language, including Clarice Lispector’s “Soulstorm” and Eugenio de Andrade’s “Forbidden Words.” A two-time winner of both the National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship and the Fulbright Senior Lecturer Award, Levitin has traveled widely to work on his translations, with a focus on South America. He is a distinguished professor of English at SUNY-Plattsburgh.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

Consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and graduate and online programs for both men and women, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, the health sciences, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

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