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Award-winning translator and MacArthur Fellow Peter Cole speaks about his new anthology, "The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492"
Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 7:00pm
Event: Award-winning translator and MacArthur Fellow Peter Cole speaks
about his new anthology, "The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492"

Date and Time: Sunday October 14, 7:00 pm
Location: Hoffman Hall, Portland State University
Contact: Linda Maizels, lmaizels@pdx.edu <mailto:lmaizels@pdx.edu>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Peter Cole, one of the recipients of the 2007 MacArthur Fellowship (often referred to colloquially as the "genius grant") will be speaking at Portland State University on October 14 at 7 pm. Cole is a translator and poet who has published prize-winning translations from the Andalusian "Golden Age" of Hebrew poetry in medieval Spain, a period in which Jewish artistic and intellectual communities flourished under Islamic rule. As a fellow, Cole will receive a stipend of $500,000 to be paid over the grant period of five years.

Cole's new anthology, /The Dream of the Poem, /traces the arc of the entire period and reveals this remarkable poetic world in all of its richness, humor, grace, gravity, and wisdom. By far the most potent and comprehensive gathering of medieval Hebrew poems ever assembled in English, Cole's anthology builds on what poet and translator Richard Howard has already described as "the finest labor of poetic translation that I have seen in many years" and "an entire revelation: a body of
lyric and didactic verse so intense, so intelligent, and so vivid that it appears to identify a whole dimension of historical consciousness previously unavailable to us." Among Cole's translations from
contemporary Hebrew and Arabic poetry and fiction are also/ Love & Selected Poems of Aharon Shabtai/ (Sheep Meadow), /J'Accuse,/ by Aharon Shabtai (New Directions), /So What: New & Selected Poems, 1971-2005 /by Taha Muhammad Ali (Copper Canyon Press), /The Collected Poems of Avraham Ben Yitzhak/ (Ibis) and /The Shunra and the Schemetterling,/ by Yoel
Hoffmann (New Directions).

Cole has received numerous awards for his work, including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the 1998 Modern Language Association Translation Award. /J'Accuse/ received the 2004 PEN-America Award for Poetry in Translation. He was a visiting fellow at Yale University's Whitney Center for the Humanities in the fall of 2006.
Cole is also the founder and co-editor of Ibis Editions, a small press devoted to the publication of Levant-related literature. Cole was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1957. He began studying Hebrew in Jerusalem in 1981, and has since divided his time between Israel and the United States.