Hopscotch Translation Series: Etel Adnan's TIME w/ Sarah Riggs, Maya Pindyck, & more!

Please join us for a celebration of Etel Adnan's TIME
a tri-lingual reading of Etel Adnan's work,
a discussion of TIME w/ Sarah Riggs (its translator) & Maya Pindyck,
readings by Sarah, Maya, & Emily Wallis Hughes,
& more!

About Etel Adnan's TIME

On October 27, 2003, Adnan received a post card of a palm tree from the poet Khaled Najar, who she had met in the late seventies in Tunisia, sparking a collection of poems that would unspool over the next decade in a continuous discovery of the present moment. Originally written in French, these poems collapse time into single crystallized moments then explode outward to take in the scope of human history. In Time, we see an intertwining of war and love, coffee and bombs, empathetic observation and emphatic detail taken from both memory and the present of the poem to weave a tapestry of experience in non-linear time.

SARAH RIGGS is a writer and artist, born in New York where she is now based, after having spent over a decade in Paris.  Before directing Six Lives: A Cinepoem, she produced The Tangier 8 at the Cinémathèque de Tanger in Morocco, which was screened at the Berlin Film Festival and the Tate Modern Museum among other international venues. She is the author of seven books of poetry in English: Waterwork (Chax, 2007), Chain of Minuscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling (Reality Street, 2007), 60 Textos (Ugly Duckling, 2010), Autobiography of Envelopes (Burning Deck, 2012), Pomme & Granite (1913 Press, 2015) which won a 1913 poetry prize, Eavesdrop (Chax, 2019) and The Nerve Epistle(forthcoming Roof Books, spring 2020/21). She is the author of the book of essays Word Sightings: Poetry and Visual Media in Stevens, Bishop, & O’Hara (Routledge, 2002), and has translated and co-translated six books of contemporary French poetry into English, including most recently Etel Adnan’s Time (Nightboat, 2019).  She is the director of the international arts organization Tamaas (www.tamaas.org) which focuses on environmental arts activism. She is also a member of bilingual poetry association Double Change (www.doublechange.org). Sarah Riggs has taught in recent years at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn after years of teaching at the NYU and Columbia programs in Paris, and before that at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she got her Ph.D. in literature. Inspired by filming the dance of Stéphane Bouquet, choreographed by Mathilde Monnier for the Essaouira section of Six Lives, she is  doing a residency on a Casablanca rooftop mixing film, dance and poetry with La Source du Lion and making a film about four New York choreographer dancers.

MAYA PINDYCK engages intersections of memory, feeling, and cultural spaces. A 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, she is the author of the poetry collections Emoticoncert (Four Way Books, 2016) and Friend Among Stones (New Rivers Press, 2009), and a chapbook, Locket, Master (Poetry Society of America, 2006). She exhibits her interdisciplinary work widely and publishes her scholarship on creative practices, schooling, and social justice in various academic journals. In 2005, she co-founded an abortion story archive: Project Voice. Pindyck earned her PhD in English education from Columbia University's Teachers College, her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and her BA in studio art and philosophy from Connecticut College. She is an assistant professor and director of the writing program at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia.

EMILY WALLIS HUGHES's first book of poems, Sugar Factory, was just recently published by Spuyten Duyvil. The book was created in collaboration with Sarah Riggs, who contributed a series of paintings to it and co-authored one text. Emily grew up in Agua Caliente, California, a small town in the Sonoma Valley. She is an editor at Fence and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Co-sponsored by the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania

***And don't miss The Wilma Theater's theatrical adaptation of Etel Adnan's THERE, up from September 11th through September 22nd!***
Event date: 
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Time Cover Image
By Etel Adnan, Sarah Riggs (Translator)
ISBN: 9781643620046
Availability: Available to Ship
Published: Nightboat Books - June 18th, 2019

Pomme & Granite Cover Image
ISBN: 9780990633204
Availability: Available to Ship
Published: 1913 Press - August 20th, 2015

Emoticoncert (Stahlecker Selections) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935536710
Availability: Available to Ship
Published: Four Way Books - March 1st, 2016

There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and of the Other Cover Image
ISBN: 9780942996289
Availability: Available to Ship
Published: Post Apollo Press - June 1st, 1997

Sugar Factory Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947980952
Availability: Available to Ship
Published: Spuyten Duyvil - December 1st, 2018