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Poetry off the Shelf: Valérie Mréjen at the Poetry Foundation (Chicago)

Join the Poetry Foundation for a reading and conversation about poetry, film and art between Stéphane Bouquet and Valérie Mrejen. They will be joined by translators Lindsay Turner and Katie Shireen Assef.

Stéphane Bouquet is the author of several collections of poems and—most recently—a book of essays on poems, La Cité de paroles (2018). He has published books on filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein and Gus Van Sant, as well as screenplays for feature films, non-fiction films, and short films, and has translated poets including Paul Blackburn, James Schuyler, and Peter Gizzi into French. Bouquet is a recipient of a 2003 Prix de Rome and a 2007 Mission Stendhal Award. His collection The Next Loves was translated by Lindsay Turner and published by Nightboat books.

Valérie Mréjen is a writer, filmmaker, and mixed media artist. She has written five novels, most recently Troisième personne, and exhibited widely in France and abroad, including in a solo retrospective at the Jeu de Paume gallery in Paris. She is an alumna of residencies at Villa Medici in Rome and Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto. Mréjen’s first feature–length film, En ville, co–directed with Bertrand Schefer, was a Director’s Fortnight selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, and her children’s play, Trois Hommes Verts, premiered at the Théâtre Gennevilliers in 2014. Her novel Black Forest was translated by Katie Shireen Assef.

Presented in partnership with Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Double Change

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