CULTURE

Seminars in the summer

Fancy devoting two summer evenings to Greek poetry and literature translated into English? A joint project organized by the Hellenic American Union (HAU) and the University of Missouri brings together three poets to present their work in English and discuss it with the audience. On Tuesday, June 10, at 8 p.m., Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke and Stephanos Papadopoulos will read and present their work, and on Wednesday, June 11, at the same time, Nick Papandreou will analyze his work in a lecture «Greece as Fiction: Imagined Countries.» The event is free and there will be a reception after the lectures when the audience will have an opportunity to meet the writers and talk to them. Anghelaki-Rooke Anghelaki-Rooke was born in Athens. She studied foreign languages and literature at the universities of Athens, Nice and Geneva. Since 1963, she has published many volumes of poetry, including «The Body is the Victory and the Defeat of Dreams,» «The Scattered Papers of Penelope,» «Beings and Things of Their Own,» and «From Purple into the Night.» She has read and lectured at major universities and literary festivals in the USA, Canada, Mexico and across Europe. In 1985 she was awarded the Greek State Prize for Poetry and her collected poems were published in 1998. S. Papadopoulos Born in North Carolina, Stephanos Papadopoulos was raised in Paris and Athens. He is the author of «Lost Days,» published by Leviathan Press in London and Rattapallax in New York. His work has appeared in journals, such as the New Republic, Yale Review, Poetry Review, Stand and numerous international journals and anthologies. And he has read poetry at universities and literature festivals in many countries. He has translated works by the Greek poets Anghelaki-Rooke, Yiannis Ritsos and Costas Karyotakis. His own work has been translated into Greek by Anghelaki-Rooke. He is the editor and co-translator of Derek Walcott’s «Selected Poems,» published in Greek by Kastaniotis in 2007. In September he will be reading and lecturing at the Babel Festival of Literature and Translation in Bellinzona, Switzerland. Nick Papandreou Nick Papandreou was born in Berkeley, CA, in 1956. He studied economics and political science at Yale and earned a PhD in economics from Princeton in 1986. After a few years at the World Bank, he quit the world of economics and turned to writing full time. He received an MFA in creative writing from Vermont University (1994). He has written seven books so far, most of them in Greek. His English publications include «A Crowded Heart» (St Martin’s/Picador, 1998), published in the UK under the title «Father Dancing» (Penguin 1996), and «Mikis and Manos: A Story of Two Composers» (Kerkyra Publishers, 2007). «Little Greek Godfather» is his first film script. Co-authored with Olga Malea, it appeared in Greek movie theaters in 2007. Polishing screenplays Andrew Horton offers a seminar on how to finish, rewrite, sell and film your screenplay. An award-winning screenplay writer and author, Horton has written numerous books about cinema and film scripts, including «Laughing out Loud: Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay,» University of California Press, 1999), «The Films of Theo Angelopoulos» (Princeton University Press, 2nd ed. 1999), and «Screenwriting for a Global Market» (University of California Press, 2004). The seminar is on June 24, 6-9.15 p.m. For information, call Giorgos Baniokos on 210.368.0071. All the seminars are in English at the HAU (2 Massalias Street, tel 210.368.0000).