Events | Multiverse and Multilingualism

Los Angeles, Villa Aurora | September 7, 2023 | 7:30 PM (PDT)

Tzveta Sofronieva in conversation with Gail Wronsky about the concept of literary multiligualism and otherverses in poetry.  


"For me multilingualism is an immanent feature of the Anthropocene aesthetics. The density in poetry increases in the current epoch corresponding to developments in other fields of knowledge and the arts. It is the polylogue that enables emotion knowledge about the chasms for which we need common decisions, and in the search for “more language” enriches our visions of possible paths towards an acceptable future together.” - Tzveta Sofronieva  



Tzveta Sofronieva will read from her new collection of poems “Multiverse”, predominantly written in German but also in Bulgarian and English. Together with Gail Wronsky, she will talk about the concept of literary multilingualism and otherverses in poetry and an honest approach in creative writing related to science and technology as well as to cultural representation.   


Tzveta Sofronieva | © Heike Steinweg


Tzveta Sofronieva is the multilingual author of more than 20 books including two published by White Pine Press: the collection of new and selected poems Multiverse (2020) and A Hand Full of Water (2012), which in the German original was awarded an Adelbert-von-Chamisso Prize (2009) and, in translation by Chantal Wright, a 2009 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant and the 2012 Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation.  Tzveta’s poetry has been translated into 19 languages. An alumina of the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades (2005) she is currently Writer in Residence in the IWP in Iowa. A physicist and historian of science by training, she is also a playwright, essayist, anthologist, and poetry translator. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, she is home in Berlin, Germany. 



Gail Wronsky | © Ty Cole


Gail Wronsky is the author, coauthor, or translator of sixteen books of poetry and prose. Her latest collection of poems, The Stranger You Are, with artwork by the renowned artist Gronk, is recently out from Tía Chucha Press. Other titles include the poetry collections Under the Capsized Boat We Fly: New & Selected Poems (White Pine Press); Dying for Beauty (Copper Canyon Press); Poems for Infidels (Red Hen Press); and Fuegos Florales/Flowering Fires, a translation of Argentinean poet Alicia Partnoy’s poems, winner of the American Poetry Prize from Settlement House Press.



The event will take place at
Villa Aurora
520 Paseo Miramar
Los Angeles, CA 90272
Admission is free
Mandatory RSVP here.


Street Parking is available on Los Liones Drive. Shuttle service starts at 6:30pm from Los Liones Drive, off Sunset Boulevard two blocks North East of Pacific Coast Highway. Please do not park on the Topanga State Park Lot!

In cooperation with White Pine Press and Beyond Baroque


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