USM Franco-American Collection to host talk

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LEWISTON — The University of Southern Maine Franco-American Collection will host a talk about poet, translator and editor A. Poulin Jr. on Sept. 18.

It will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 170 at the University of Southern Maine’s  Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St. George Blouin, Mary Rice-DeFossee and Denis Ledoux will be the presenters.

The event is free and open to the public.

Poulin was the founding publisher and president of BOA Editions, Ltd. His distinguished poetry translations include Rainier Maria Rilke’s “Duino Elegies” and “Sonnets to Orpheus” and “The Complete French Poems,” as well as “Anne Hébert’s Selected Poems” and “Day Has No Equal But Night.”

Poulin’s collections include “In Advent,” “The Widow’s Taboo: Poems After the Catawba,” “A Nest of Sonnets,” “A Momentary Order” and “Cave Dwellers.”

He also co-edited several editions of the celebrated anthology “Contemporary American Poetry.”

For his poetry and translations, Poulin received a creative writing fellowship and a translator’s grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He also received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two translation awards from Columbia University’s Translation Center.

In 1971, Poulin joined the faculty at the The College at Brockport, State University of New York, where he was professor of English. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of New England.

In 1976, Poulin founded BOA Editions as an independent, not-for-profit press devoted to publishing work by contemporary international and American authors.

He died in 1996.

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