This Thursday, we are very lucky to have Afro-Brazilian poet Salgado Marnanhao and his American translator Alexis Levitin featured at Chatham University. Maranhao’s collected poems The Color of the Word won Brazil’s highest award, the Premio de Poesia da Academia Brasileira de Letras in 2011, and he and Alexis are featured at the Geraldine Dode Poetry Festival this year as well as readings at universities such as Harvard, Bard College, and Yale, among others.
In addition to eight books of poetry, including The Snake’s Fists, The Kiss of the Beast, and the recent Tiger’s Fur, he has written song lyrics and made recordings with some of Brazil’s leading jazz and pop musicians.
Salgado’s white father was descended from a wealthy family whose plantations had been worked by slaves. His mother was an intelligent, determined Afro-Brazilian field worker who sang to him from a folk tradition tracing back to practice of the troubadours. Salgado writes that “The mansion and the shanty flow together in my veins.”
The reading is free to the public and will be held at 8 PM in the Mellon Living Room in Mellon Center on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Hope to see you there!