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September 30, 2011

Poet and Translator Arvind Krishna Mehrotra to Read at Smith

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Arvind Krishna MehrotraNORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College will present a reading by poet and translator Arvind Krishna Mehrotra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Stoddard Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Mehrotra was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and educated at the Universities of Allahabad and Bombay. He is the author of four books of poems, and his work, including essays and translations, has appeared in dozens of anthologies, the most recent of which are “Partial Recall: Essays on Literature and Literary History” and “Songs of Kabir.”

The journal Fulcrum proclaimed, “[Mehrotra’s] poems derive their power from what they leave out as much as what they say, as if a host of ghost lines stood behind each line on the page.”

Since 1968, Mehrotra has taught at the University of Allahabad, where he is currently professor of English. He has been a visiting writer at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, a Homi Bhabha Fellow and has spent periods of time in residence at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy.

Mehrotra’s reading will be followed by a book sale and signing. For further information, contact Michaela Cahillane in the Poetry Center office at (413) 585-4891 or Ellen Doré Watson, director, at (413) 585-3368.

For disability access information or to request accommodations, call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail All requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.

This event is a collaboration between the Poetry Center, the Office of the Provost, the Global Studies Center, the Five-College Faculty Seminar on Literary Translation, and the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute.

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