The Launch of AGNI 94
Join us for the launch of the new fall issue and our landmark Futures portfolio of work in translation!
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. EDT
through this link on Zoom
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AGNI celebrates its NINETY-FOURTH issue with readings by seven contributors:
> Hussain Ahmed: Nigerian poet and environmentalist and the author of the chapbook Harp in a Fireplace.
> Daniel Borzutzky: Author of six poetry collections, including The Performance of Becoming Human, winner of the National Book Award.
> Melissa Chadburn: An essayist who has done extensive reporting on the child welfare system and appears in the Netflix docuseries The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez.
> Marianne Chan: Author of the collection All Heathens, winner of the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry.
> Shelley Frisch: A literary translator from German to English who has published widely on literature, the political and linguistic dimensions of exile, and translation.
> Carmen Stephan: A Bavarian-born author of two novels, including Mal Aria, from which the excerpt in AGNI 94 is taken.
> Che Yeun: A PhD candidate in history of science at Harvard University and a fiction writer whose work has appeared at Granta, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.
The event will also feature live music by Ganavya.
In addition to writing by our seven readers, the fall issue presents a landmark portfolio of work-in-translation, with 38 writers across 21 languages considering our collective future—and poetry by Ishion Hutchinson, Amy Beeder, and Kai Carlson-Wee; fiction by Barbara Sutton and Tasnim Qutait; essays by Melissa Chadburn and Isaac Yuen—and much more in all genres. Dynamic cover and art feature by Sámi artist Máret Ánne Sara.
More on AGNI 94’s authors featured in the November 10th launch:
Hussain Ahmed, a Nigerian poet and environmentalist, is the author of the chapbook Harp in a Fireplace (Newfound, 2021). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Poetry, Transition Magazine, Waxwing, and elsewhere. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Mississippi.
Daniel Borzutzky is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018 (Coffee House Press, 2021); Lake Michigan (Pitt Poetry Series, 2018), a finalist for the Griffin International Poetry Prize; and The Performance of Becoming Human (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), which won the National Book Award. He has translated collections by Raúl Zurita, Jaime Luis Huenún, and Galo Ghigliotto. His translation of Ghigliotto’s Valdivia won the National Translation Award. He lives in Chicago.
Melissa Chadburn is the author of the debut novel A Tiny Upward Shove (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, forthcoming 2022). Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review online, The Best American Food Writing, and elsewhere. She’s done extensive reporting on the child welfare system and appears in the Netflix docuseries The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez. She is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Southern California.
Marianne Chan is the author of All Heathens (Sarabande Books, 2020), winner of the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review, The Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. She is a PhD student in creative writing at the University of Cincinnati.
Shelley Frisch taught at Columbia University while serving as executive editor of The Germanic Review, then chaired the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Bi-College German Department before turning to translation full-time. She has published widely on German literature, film, cabaret, the political and linguistic dimensions of exile, and translation. Her many translations from the German include biographies of Nietzsche, Einstein, and Kafka, for which she was awarded the MLA Translation Prize and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize. She co-directs international translation workshops and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Carmen Stephan is a Bavarian-born author of two novels, most recently It’s All True (S. Fischer Verlag, 2017). Now a resident of Geneva, she spent several years in Rio de Janeiro, the setting of her first novel, Mal Aria (S. Fischer, 2012), from which the excerpt in AGNI 94 is taken. Among other awards, it won the Debut Prize from the Buddenbrooks House in Lübeck.
Che Yeun’s fiction has appeared in Granta, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. She lives in Boston, where she is a PhD candidate in history of science at Harvard University. She is from Seoul.
Tamil Nadu–raised and New York–born critically acclaimed vocalist Ganavya lives, learns, and loves fluidly from the nexus of many frameworks and understandings. Hers is a deeply profound and rooted voice. A multidisciplinary creator, she is a soundsmith and wordsmith. Trained as an improviser, scholar, dancer, and multi-instrumentalist, she maintains an inner library of “spi/ritual” blueprints offered to her by an intergenerational constellation of collaborators, continuously anchoring her practice in pasts, presents and, futures. Much of her childhood was spent on the pilgrimage trail, learning the storytelling art form of harikathā and singing poetry that critiques hierarchal social structures. She is a co-founder of the non-hierarchical We Have Voice Collective. Find out more about her recent and forthcoming projects on ganavya.com.
Free and open to the public!