Alumna Meg Matich Speaks about Literary Translation and Icelandic Poetry

by Public Relations | Feb 23, 2018

Feb. 23, 2018

Saint Vincent Alumna Meg Matich spoke as a member of Saint Vincent College’s Visiting Writers Series on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Matich’s first book, Cold Moons (Phoneme Media, 2017), by Magnús Sigurðsson, received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant, and is currently being turned into a choral symphony. At the presentation, she read the audience poems from Cold Moons in both Icelandic and English while speaking of the challenges of transferring the meaning and culture of one country into that of another.

Additionally, she talked about her experiences in Iceland where she learned the native language and worked with Sigurðsson to translate his poems into English.

The final speaker for the spring 2018 series will be Paula Bohince on Monday, March 19, at 5 p.m. in the Luparello Lecture Hall.

The Visiting Writers Series has brought many writers of merit to Saint Vincent since its founding in 2008, including Toi Derricotte, Daniel Borzutzky, Ben Lerner, Carmen Gimenez Smith and Rick Hilles. The series presents writers from diverse locations from western Pennsylvania and beyond.

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