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Stephen Kessler is a poet, prose writer, translator, and editor. He is the author of ten books and chapbooks of original poetry, sixteen books of literary translation, and three collection of essays. His translations have appeared in such magazines as Agni, New American Writing, and The American Poetry Review, among others. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.
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Luis Cernuda (1902–1963) was one of the stars of Spain’s much-celebrated Generation of 1927. Born and raised in Seville, he left Spain for Britain during the Spanish Civil War and remained in exile for the rest of his life. He was an important poet, a prolific critic, and a professor of literature.
November 9, 2010 | 12:30pm

Lit&Lunch: Translator Stephen Kessler on Spanish Poet Luis Cernuda

111 Minna Gallery | 111 Minna Street | San Francisco, CA

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A compatriot of Federico García Lorca, Luis Cernuda fled his native Spain after the great poet’s assassination, eventually ending up in Mexico, where he lived the rest of his life. Openly gay in a repressive nation, Cernuda wrote some of the most charged and challenging poetry of the 20th century.

Acclaimed translator Stephen Kessler discusses his translations of Cernuda’s poetry, which have won him a Lambda Literary Award, a nomination for a Northern California Book Award, and a 2010 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. He discusses Cernuda’s great themes–desire and love–and explains what made his avant-garde aesthetic so important.

Translator
Stephen Kessler is a poet, prose writer, translator, and editor. He is the author of ten books and chapbooks of original poetry, sixteen books of literary translation, and three collection of essays. His translations have appeared in such magazines as Agni, New American Writing, and The American Poetry Review, among others. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Author
Luis Cernuda (1902–1963) was one of the stars of Spain’s much-celebrated Generation of 1927. Born and raised in Seville, he left Spain for Britain during the Spanish Civil War and remained in exile for the rest of his life. He was an important poet, a prolific critic, and a professor of literature.