Rafael Alberti and Luis Cernuda: Spanish Poets of Love & Exile with award-winning translators Carolyn Tipton and Stephen Kessler

Carolyn L. Tipton's translation of Returnings: Poems of Love & Distance by Rafael Alberti won the Cliff Becker Translation Prize, and was recently long-listed for the National Translation Award. Alberti was one of the great poets of 20th century Spain.  In this book, he speaks of his exile from Franco's Spain, remembering his childhood, his first love, and all the people and places of his lost country. 

Cernuda was one of the 20th century's first and most eloquent openly gay poets; his homosexuality, his cosmopolitanism, and his alienation -in addition to his extraordinary lyricism- have made him one of the most appreciated poets of post-Franco Spain, even though he never lived to witness those years, much less return to his native Andalucía to enjoy the gratification of homecoming.  For these reasons Cernuda is both a tragic and heroic figure for Spanish and Latin American poets and readers of subsequent generations. Stephen Kessler is the first English language translator to bring Cernuda's poetry to a broader audience in the United States, and his translation was awarded the 2016 PEN Center USA Translation Award.

Carolyn L. Tipton is a poet, translator, and teacher. She has a Master’s Degree in English/Creative Writing from Stanford University and a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, where she currently teaches in the Fall Program for Freshmen. For her work in translation, she has won fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her previous translation of Rafael Alberti, To Painting, won the National Translation Award.

Stephen Kessler is a poet, translator, essayist, editor, and the author of a novel, The Mental Traveler. His translations of Luis Cernuda have received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Poetry. He is also the editor and principal translator of The Sonnets by Jorge Luis Borges (Penguin Classics). 


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Forbidden Pleasures: New Selected Poems [1924-1949] Cover Image
By Luis Cernuda, Stephen Kessler (Translator)
ISBN: 9780996007948
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Published: Black Widow Press - June 7th, 2015

Returnings: Poems of Love and Distance (Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation #4) Cover Image
By Rafael Alberti, Carolyn Tipton (Translator)
ISBN: 9781935210917
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Published: White Pine Press (NY) - November 1st, 2016

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