Biographies of Contributors
GIOVANNI RABONI was born in Milan, Italy, in 1932. He has worked as an editor for Mondadori book publishers as well as a literary critic for Europeo magazine and drama critic for Corriere della Sera. He is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, which were collected in 1997 as Tutte le Poesie (Garzanti Publishers). The translations published in this issue are from Ogni Terzo Pensiero, which won the Viareggio-Repaci prize for poetry in 1994. He has translated French authors Baudelaire, Apollinaire, and Racine into Italian. During the 1990s, he published Alla Ricerca del Tempo Perduto, a complete translation into Italian of Proust's A la Récherche du Temps Perdu. Raboni lives and works in Milan.
G. J. RACZ is Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature at Long Island University—Brooklyn, review editor for Translation Review, and vice-president of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).
EDWARD RADZINSKI (b. 1936) Russian playwright best known for his historical philosophical trilogy, Conversations with Socrates (1971), Lunin (1977) and Theater at the Time of Nero and Seneca (1981). The unifying idea of all three plays is that no authority, however oppressive, can enslave the human spirit. He is also the author of The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II (1992) and Stalin, the first in-depth biography based on explosive new documents from Russia's secret archives (1996).
TEGAN RALEIGH studied French at Reed College, and is pursuing an MFA in literary translation at the University of Iowa, where she also teache rhetoric.
V. RAMASWAMY is a Calcutta-based business executive, grassroots organizer, social planner, teacher, writer and translator. He is currently translating the anti-stories of Bengali writer Subimal Misra.
MILA RAMOS studied History at the University of Córdoba, specializing in cooperation and development management. She was a freelance war correspondent in the former Yugoslavia. Her work for an NGO providing assistance to women in international conflict areas has led her to Bosnia, Kosovo, Morocco, Palestine, Colombia, and Mali. She has publirshed three books of poetry, Tautologia (Tautology, 1995), 8.000 razones para la memoria (8,000 reasons for remembering, 2004), and La frontiera número 11 (Frontier number 11, 2008) as well as a wide range of articles on women and war. She was awarded a regional prize in Andalusia for her literary and activist work.
CHARLES FERDINAND RAMUZ (1878-1947) is undoubtedly Switzerland's most famous francophone writer and yet only a select few of his writings have made their way into English. He is the author of 22 novels and several short story collections. In 2005, his novels were honored with the publication of a leather-bound Pléiade Edition in France and currently, Editions Slatkine in Geneva is collaborating with a team of distinguished scholars to produce a 30-volume, heavily annotated and referenced collection of The Complete Works of C.F. Ramuz.
ALEKSIS RANNIT Born in Kallaste, Estonia in 1914, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1953, and served as Curator of the Slavic and East European Collections at Yale. His selected poems Valimik appeared shortly before his death in 1984.
IRINA RATMIROVA has published three collections of poetry, of which the most recent appeared in 1995 in Moscow. Her earlier collections are entitled Religion of the Heart and The Winged Hour.
JENNIFER RATHBUN is a Lecturer in Spanish at Mount Holyoke College. She specializes in US-Mexico Border literature, poetry translation, and contemporary Argentinean theatre. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona.
JOSE RÉGIO (1901-1969) published equally in poetry, fiction, drama, the essay, and criticism. One of the founders of the famous literary magazine Presença in 1927, he was influenced by Dostoevsky and preoccupied with the problem of a self torn between good and evil. His work is religiously grounded and confessional in nature.
COOPER RENNER is the translator of Mario Bellatin's Chinese Checkers: Three Fictions (Ravenna, 2006) and the author of the upcoming Disbelief, a novella about Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Ravenna, 2012), as well as the novels Dr Jesus and Mr Dead, A Death by the Sea and A Spurious Death in a Foreign Country, all available as ebooks.
PRIMOZ REPAR's poetry collections include There is a Tiny Web Beyond the Word (1994), Book of Prayers (1995) and The Alchemy of a Heartbeat (1998). His book Essays about the Apocalypse was published in 2000. He is the chief editor of the cultural journal Apokalipsa and lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
CLAY RESNICK lives in Boston.
KATHLEEN RETTIG is Assistant Professor at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and has worked as Chief Editor of the Nebraska English Journal, The Midlands Conference Journal, and the Patrick Kavanagh Journal. She has published on Shakespeare and contemporary women authors. She is the interim director of the Women's and Gender Studies Co-major at Creighton University.
BOHUSLAV REYNEK (1892-1971) An underestimated poet of great authenticity, Reynek exemplifies the undercurrent of mystical Catholicism in Czech culture. His roots are in Skupina Floriána (Florian's Group), dominated by the Catholic rebel Jakub Deml (19878-1961), whose visionary prose won the admiration of Roman Jakobson. Unlike Deml, Reynek was not an anarchist; his faith leaned to the anguished Catholicism of the French masters he admired: Bloy, Claudel, and Bernanos. As a nature poet, Reynek adds a mystical dimension to the Czech landscape, as shown by "frost" (from Mráz v okne, Frost in the Window, 1950-55). All three poems translated by Alfred Thomas are from the postwar decade.
MILAN RICHTER (1948- ) a specialist in German and English, and a Slovak diplomat in Norway, made his name as a translator (Dickinson, Hemingway, Lundkvist, Neruda, Cardenal, Transtromer), and an author of some half a dozen collections of poetry. Translations of his poetry have appeared in Austria and Norway.
RAINER MARIA RILKE (1875-1926) was born and educated in Prague, where he published his first collection of poems in 1894. He traveled widely in Europe before arriving in Paris in 1902 to work as secretary for the sculptor August Rodin. He kept this job for less than a year, but lived and wrote in the city, supported by patrons, until 1909. His signature poetic compositions, Duino Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus, were both published in 1923, three years before his death in Switzerland.
MANUEL RIVAS, a journalist, novelist, and screenwriter, was born in La Coruña, Galicia, in 1957. Many of his articles have been collected in Toxos e flores (1992), Galicia, el bonsai atlántico (Aguilar, 1994), El periodismo es un cuento (Alfaguara, 1997), and Galicia, Galicia (Aguilar, 2001). Writing in Galician, he has won both the Galician Critics' Prize and the Spanish Critics' Prize. His collection of short stories, ¿Qué me quieres, amor? (Alfaguara, 1996) won the National Narrative Prize. One of the short stories included in it, "La Lengua de la Mariposa" was made into a movie, "Butterfly." Rivas is an active participant in the 'Nunca Mais' movement against the Prestige disaster off the coast of his native Galicia.
Poet, essayist, translator, editor, founder, and president for thirty years of the Centro Romanesco Trilussa, GIORGIO ROBERTI energetically promoted Romanesco language, culture and poetry. Among many awards, his 'na zeppa a l'occhio' (A Stick in the Eye) won the Premio Internazionale per la Satira, and his Antiche farmacie romane won the Premio Internazionale di saggistica. His 1974 translation into Romanesco of Er Vangelo secondo S. Marco [The Gospel According to Mark] has been much praised and often reprinted. After his death in November, 2002, a speecial issue of the magazine Romanità was dedicated to him.
ADELA ROBLES-SÁEZ, born in Alcoi, is a native speaker of Catalan. She studied "filologia anglesa i italiana" at the University of Valencia, and in 1995 obtained her MA in Comparative Literature at West Virginia University. She is currently working towards her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of California at Berkeley, where she is researching the application of cognitive linguistics to literature. She is especially interested in translation, and has published translations of several twentieth century Catalan writers in Iowa Review, vol. 23, no. 2 (1993), 3-19.
LOUIS J. RODRIGUES was educated at the Universities of Madras, London (King's), Cambridge (Trinity Hall), and Barcelona; he holds a doctorate in Anglo-Saxon. He has published two books of verse and a series of parallel-text verse translations from Anglo-Saxon. Jointly with his wife Josefina Bernet, he has published Short Story Translation - from theory to practice besides four bilingual Spanish-English titles. He was one of the chief collaborators in the Third Version of the Collins Spanish Dictionary. He contributed translations of eight of J.V. Foix's sonnets and the article by Joaquim Molas, "J.V. Foix or Total Investigation," in Catalan Review, vol. I, no. 1 (1986). In 1993 his manuscript A Choice of Salvador Espriu's Verse, was awarded the Translation Prize for Poetry in the Primers Jocs Florals de la Diàspora Catalana (Center for Catalan Studies and Fundacio Pauli Bellet). His translation of Salvador Espriu: Selected Poems is scheduled for publication by Carcanet (Manchester, England).
CLAUDIO RODRIGUEZ (1934-1999, Spain) Frequent winner of literary prizes, university professor translator of T.S. Eliot, and member of the Royal Spanish Academy, Claudio Rodriguez evolved as a poet into the tradition of the Spanish mystic, of ecstatic poets such as San Juan de la Cruz. The last of his five books, Casí una leyenda (Tusquets, Barcelona, 1991), is one of the publisher's series, "Nuevos Textos Sagrados." The poet's wonder and perplexity in face of the relentless process of change fuel his journey into the physicality of moment and matter. His long lines and transparent language suit his meditations upon death, nature, and the possibility of transcendency.
REINA ROFFÉ was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1951. In 1973 she published her first novel, Llamando al Puf (Call to Order), for which she won the Pondal Ríos prize for the best novel by a young author. Her next book, Monte de Venus (Venus' Mound) (1976), was published in the same year as the most recent military dictatorship took over in Argentina. As the military junta launched what they called "The Process of National Reorganization" (El Proceso), Monte de Venus was immediately banned for 'immoral content', as the novel depicts lesbian sexuality and offers a harsh critique of Argentina's educational system. Roffé then ceased to write fiction for over ten years.
During the military dictatorship, Roffé entered into a long period of exile, beginning in 1981 when she received a Fulbright scholarship and traveled to the United States. As a participant in the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa, she lectured and spoke on panels about Latin American authors and literature. Roffé also worked as an editor for Ediciones del Norte in New Hampshire, and also compiled Espejo de escritores (The Writer's Mirror), a collection of interviews with Latin American authors. Roffé lives in Spain, where she has published the novel El cielo dividido (The Divided Sky) (1996), along with a compilation of her own interviews with writers, Conversaciones americanas (American Conversations) (2001), and the biography Juan Rulfo: Las mañas de Zorro (Juan Rulfo: The Tricks of Zorro) (2001). She published Aves exóticas: cinco cuentos con mujeres raras/Rare Birds: Five Stories with Unusual Women in 2004.
JEANNETTE S. ROGERS is a writer, translator, and editor from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is currently translating Miquèl Decòr's most recent book, Eiretièrs de la luna (Heirs of the Moon), a series of 101 poems written since the turn of the millennium. In addition, Rogers translates troubadour lyrics written in ancient Occitan, which is how she met Miquèl Decòr. She is also a nontraditional student of English, French, and Medieval Studies at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.
ZACK ROGOW received the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Award for his co-translation of Earthlight by André Breton, and a Bay Area Book Reviewers Award (BABRA) for his translation of George Sand's novel Horace. His English version of Colette's novel Green Wheat was nominated for the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Award and for the Northern California Book Award in translation. He teaches in the MFA in writing programs at University of Alaska and the California College of the Arts.
MONSERRAT ROIG was born in Barcelona in 1946. She studied Theater and then Spanish philology at the University of Barcelona, where she later became a professor of Catalán. A journalist as well as an academic, she has written for El País, La Calle, and other major newspapers and also conducted interviews on her own television show. She won various awards for both fiction and non-fiction: her first novel Molta roba i poc sabó... i tan neta que la volen (1971) won the Premio Victor Catalá, and her extensive research on Catalans in concentration camps earned her the Premio de la Crítica Serra d'Or. Roig died in Barcelona in 1991.
JUAN ARMANDO ROJAS, Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish at Amherst College, has published Lluvia de lunas (Mexico City, 1999) and Río vertebral (Chihuahua, 2002). His work has also been included in several anthologies. Rojas received a BA and MA in Spanish from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a PhD from the University of Arizona.
THOMAS H. ROHLICH is Professor of Japanese Language and Literature at Smith College, where he has recently developed a seminar on Kyoto for first-year students. His most recent publication is an essay called "Kyoto Then and Now" in the catalogue of the Smith College Museum of Art's special exhibition entitled "Confronting Tradition: Contemporary Art from Kyoto."
CLARA EUGENIA RONDEROS is a Colombian poet whose short stories and poems have been published in literary and academic journals. She is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Coordinator at Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts, specializing in Hispanic poetry.
PIERRE DE RONSARD (1524-1585) was courtier-poet who began his career as a page and then a squire at the French court, but became leader of the Pléiade at the Collège de Coqueret. As poet royal, he wrote odes in the Pindaric and Horatian tradition, Petrarchan sonnets, elegies, eclogues, songs, love lyrics, patriotic poems, and even attempted an epic (La Franciade) which remained unfinished. The most famous of his love poems appear in Sonnets pour Hélène (1578).
AARON ROSENBERG is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. His research is on African dance and music.
SAMUEL N. ROSENBERG (AB 1957, Columbia College, and PhD 1965, The Johns Hopkins University; Professor emeritus of French and Italian, Indiana University) is a medievalist whose interest in Old French literature is centered on textual edition and translation, primarily of lyric poetry and Arthurian narrative. Alone or in collaboration with other scholars, he has published numerous articles and books in these areas. From 2005 to 2010 he served as Editor of Encomia, the annual publication of the International Courtly Literature Society. With Patricia Terry, he co-authored the Arthurian tale, Lancelot and the Lord of the Distant Isles.
M.L. ROSENTHAL (1917-96), was among this country's leading men of letters. He taught at New York University from 1945 on, and was a visiting scholar and lecturer throughout the world. He was author of a number of widely acclaimed books of criticism, most recently The Poet's Art, Our Life in Poetry: Selected Essays, and Running to Paradise: Yeats' Poetic Art. His many volumes of poetry include Blue Boy on Skates: Poems, Beyond Power: New Poems, The View from the Peacock's Tail, She: A Sequence of Poems, and Poems, 1964-80. For a recent appreciation, see Barry Wallenstein, "Free of Cant: M. L. Rosenthal, 1917-1996," in American Poet, winter 1996-97, 6-11.
BARTOLOMEU ROSSELLÓ-PÒRCEL Born Mallorca 1913, studied in Barcelona and published two brief collections of poetry before dying of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-four.
CLAUDIA ROUTON received an MA in English and a PhD in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of North Dakota. She works with the contemporary literature of Spain and most recently is promoting young Spanish writers though translation.
IXIAR ROZAS began his writing life studying journalism in Iruea (Pamplona). After moving to Barcelona, he wrote his first novel, Edo zu edo ni (Either You or I; 2000), and later the poetry collection Patio bat bi itsasoen artean (A Courtyard Between the Two Seas; 2001, Ernestina Champourcin Prize). After returning to the Basque country, he wrote several young adult books, scripts for television and radio, and a book of short stories.
MILAN RUFUS (1928- ) lectured on literature at the Comenius University in Bratislava. He is considered Slovakia's leading poet, with some two dozen collections of poetry and essays. A religious poet, Rufus believes that no matter how tragic the position of man, his faith gives him hope to love and improve his world. Widely translated into some thirty languages, Rufus's collections sometimes sell over a hundred thousand copies in Slovakia, a nation with a population of less than six million.
DORIS RUNEY is a bilingual (Romanian and English) writer and poet with a background in the fine and performing arts, pursuing graduate work in Translation Studies at Wayne State University while also working as a freelance writer and creative artist, and teaching. Her dissertation is a praxis in translation and adaptation of Ionel Teodoreanu's novel, Lorelei, which she also hopes to produce as an independent film.
RUTEBEUF was born in Champagne some time before 1249, lived in Paris, and died some time after 1277. He wrote fifty-six works which survive in fourteen manuscripts. The works are lyric, dramatic, polemical, and religious, many of them complaintes. Scholars have characterized Rutebeuf as the first "personal" poet of the French language. His style is remarkable for its intricate word play, and his voice, marked by a strong persona, prefigures that of Villon.
VIKTOR RYDBERG (1826-1895) poet, novelist of ideas, biblical historian, political and drama critic, journalist, lecturer was the central literary figure of his age. His story is a rather sad one; he was orphaned very young; he was a homosexual in a time when homosexual activity was considered criminal; he longed all his life to be a child again in his mother's embrace. These feelings affected all his work profoundly; The Wood Siren, for example, dramatizes the dire consequences of being possessed by an unnatural love, as does his most popular novel Singoalla. Prolific and enormously influential in his own time he was a member of the Swedish Academy.