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Discover the story of Ohio poet Terry Hermsen who - while exploring the Chilean poetry - found himself co-translating the recent masterpiece by Christian Formoso, El Cementerio Más Hermoso de Chile
(The Most Beautiful Cemetery in Chile
Listen to a live reading of several key poems which look at the world through the history of a beautiful cemetery in Punta Arenas over the past 500 years. Reflect on the translator's personal journeys to the Strait, his process of translating as "seeing the world through a different lens", and how crossing language borders promotes cultural understanding. About the Presenter
Terry Hermsen is Professor of English at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. He has a Master's Degree from Goddard College and a PhD from Ohio State University.
With Sydney Tammarine, he co-translated Christian Formoso's El Cementerio Más Hermoso de Chile, published in a bilingual edition by Green Fish Press (2015).
He has published four books of his own poems, including The River's Daughter
, which was co-recipient of the Ohio Poet of the Year Award in 2009 and A House for Last Year's Summer
in 2017, both from Bottom Dog Press in Huron, Ohio. Terry has taught poetry in over 60 schools around Ohio over the past 30 years, as well as at bilingual schools in Concepción, Punta Arenas and Valdivia, Chile. Read his work