Soirée Poésie with Françoise Canter & Deborah Woodard

Date: 21 Mar 2024, 6:00pm - 7:30pm GMT-8 Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Join us on World Poetry Day at the Alliance for an enchanting evening of poetry in French, English and Italian, as we celebrate the richness of the French-speaking world, multilingualism, and the art of living and creating between languages.  

As March is also Women’s History Month, our Soirée Poésie will showcase local poets and translators Françoise Canter and Deborah Woodard who will share their own poetry and also their love for translation as a creative act and a manifesto for language inclusivity.

Françoise Canter Poet, Translator

Françoise Besnard Canter was born in Paris and immigrated to the U.S. in 1989. She is a poet, a teacher, and a translator.
She translated four collections of Robert Nash’s poems: "Maine "(2018), "Poèmes à un ami français / Poems to a French Friend" (2019), "Poèmes épars dans une chemise en carton vert / Scattered Poems Gathered in a Green Folder" (2021), and "1984" (2022), all published by À L’Index, Collection “Le Tire Langue” in bilingual editions. An English only compilation of the first three books of Nash’s poems was published by Down East Books, in 2022 under the title "When the Blue Goes."
She teaches French and Comparative Literature at The Northwest School in Seattle.

Deborah Woodard Poet, Translator

Deborah Woodard was born in New York City and raised in Vermont, and currently lives in Seattle. She holds an MFA from the University of California at Irvine and a PhD from the University of Washington. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Plato’s Bad Horse (Bear Star Press, 2006) and Borrowed Tales (Stockport Flats, 2012) and has published collaborative chapbooks such as Hunter Mnemonics (hemel press, 2008), which was illustrated by artist Heide Hinrichs. Her translations of Amelia Rosselli have included The Dragonfly: A Selection of Poems, 1953-1981 (2009) with Giuseppe Leporace and Hospital Series (2015) with Roberta Antognini and Giuseppe Leporace.
She teaches hybrid creative writing and literature at Hugo House in Seattle.




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