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Olivia E. Sears

Olivia E. Sears is the board president and founder of the Center for the Art of Translation. She co-founded the journal Two Lines in 1993 and was its editor for 12 years. Sears has a BA in Humanities from Yale University and a PhD in Italian literature from Stanford University. As a translator from Italian, she focuses primarily on avant-garde poetry by women poets of the past hundred years, and the poetry of war. Recent translations of work by Mariangela Gualtieri, Eva Taylor, Maria d’Arezzo, and Ardengo Soffici have appeared in Poetry International, Kenyon Review, The Literary Review, and Arkansas International Review. Her translation of Soffici’s groundbreaking 1919 poetry volume BÏF§ZF+18: Simultaneities and Lyric Chemisms is forthcoming from World Poetry Books (December 2019). In addition to serving as the president of the Center, she sits on the advisory board of the Center for Writers and Translators in Paris.

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Saturday, October 12