Belleville Native’s translation part of TRANSPOESIE Poetry Festival

PARKERSBURG — A translation by a Wood County woman has been selected for inclusion in the 2020 TRANSPOESIE Poetry Festival in Brussels, Belgium.

Randi Ward of Belleville translated the work by Faroese writer Kim Simonsen.

The festival, which ended on Friday, is organized by the European Union National Institutes for Culture and was launched in the autumn of 2011 to mark the European Day of Languages and Linguistic Diversity.

Ward is a poet, translator and photographer and became acquainted with Simonsen’s work while she was pursuing her master’s in cultural studies at the University of the Faroe Islands. Ward’s translations of his poetry have since appeared in Stanford University’s annual literary journal, “Mantis,” and “Poems from the Edge of Extinction: An Anthology of Poetry in Endangered Languages.”

Ward also received a grant from the Faroese Cultural Foundation this summer to continue her translation of Simonsen’s award-winning poetry. This is the second time that her translations of Faroese literature have been selected for the TRANSPOESIE Poetry Festival in Brussels.

Simonsen is from the village of Strendur in the Faroe Islands. He has written five books and is the chief editor at Forlagid Eksil.

TRANSPOESIE showcased poets from 26 countries and regions sharing poetry in their native languages alongside translations in French, English and Dutch.


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