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NYWW in SARDINIA, January 2020

New York Writers Workshop is thrilled to offer our first immersion excursion on the magical island of Sardinia.

New York Writers Workshop leads a seven-day immersion in Sardinia, hosted by local writer Ciriaco Offedu, blending Sardinian culture with NYWW workshops led by poet/writers Ravi Shankar (The Many Uses of Mint) and Tim Tomlinson (This Is Not Happening to You). Open to writers of all levels, the trip will include all (delicious!) meals, accommodations on the island, local transportation, event excursions and tuition for writing and translation workshops. We plan to have some of Italy's best writers and translators visit and we will spend time visiting galleries and wineries, eating gourmet meals, reading and writing, and privately touring Grazia Deledda's house (the first Italian woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature). Details are here and spaces are very limited, especially because the stay will be heavily subsidized and represents a great chance to visit a part of Italy you might not have seen. 

NEWSFLASH (July 23): Forrest Gander, Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 2019, joins the NYWW Sardinia staff.

Forrest Gander, a writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature, was born in the Mojave Desert, grew up in Virginia, and taught at Harvard and, for many years, Brown University. Among Gander’s most recent books are Be With, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize, the novel The Trace, and Eiko & Koma. Gander’s recent translations include Alice Iris Red Horse: Poems by Gozo Yoshimasu and, with Patricio Ferrari, The Galloping Hour: French Poems of Alejandra Pizarnik. He has a history of collaborating with artists such as Ann Hamilton, Sally Mann, Graciela Iturbide, and Vic Chesnutt. The recipient of grants from the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim, Howard, Whiting and United States Artists Foundations, Gander lives in northern California. 

UPDATE: Poets/translators Moira Egan and Damiano Abeni will participate in the immersion.

Damiano Abeni, MD, MPH, is an epidemiologist who has been translating American poetry into Italian since 1973. He has been a Literature Fellow at the Liguria Study Center of the Bogliasco Foundation, a Director’s Guest at the Civitella Ranieri Center, a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, and a Writer in Residence at the James Merrill House. He has published more than fifty books in translation in Italy, by authors including Frank Bidart, Elizabeth Bishop, Lewis Carroll, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Edward Lear, Jack London, Mark Strand, Charles Simic, and C.K. Williams.

Moira Egan has published eight volumes of poetry (five in the U.S.; three in Italy); the most recent of these are Synæsthesium (The New Criterion Poetry Prize, 2017) and Olfactorium (Italic PeQuod, 2018)Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies on four continents. She was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has held writing fellowships at the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Malta; the Civitella Ranieri Center; the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center; and the James Merrill House.

Together, Abeni and Egan have published volumes in translation in Italy by authors including John Ashbery, John Barth, Aimee Bender, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Anthony Hecht, Ben Lerner, Charles Simic, Mark Strand, Ocean Vuong, and Charles Wright. Their translation of Ashbery’s Un mondo che non può essere migliore: Poesie scelte 1956-2007) won a Special Prize from the Premio Napoli (2009); their translation of Mark Strand’s L'uomo che cammina un passo avanti al buio won the Premio di Poesia La Torre dell’Orologio (2011); and, most recently, their translation of Italia by Charles Wright won the Benno Geiger Translation Prize from the Fondazione Cini in Venice.

Dates: January 13 – 20, 2020

Location: Sardinia, Italy

The immersion will include daily workshops in

  • poetry

  • narrative prose

  • travel writing

  • translation 

and daily visits to local cultural sites led by Sardinian/Italian poets, writers, artists, and guides.  Read about the kinds of meals we’ll be having here, here, and here. Read about the kinds of discussions we’ll be having here, here, and here. Read some of Ravi’s work here, here, and here. Read some of Tim’s work here, here, and here. Read about our fabulous accommodations here*. Read about Sardinian literature here, and here. And read about Ciriaco Offedu, our host, here.

Register: brownpapertickets


Deposit: $250 (refundable until Sept 15 minus a 10% handling; after Sept 15 minus a 25% handling fee).

Cost: $1,345 Early Bird price until August 15, 2019 (includes workshops, most meals, all local cultural excursions, local transportation & events, and accommodations). $1,495 after Aug 15, 2019.

Refund policy: Early Bird & General fees fully refundable minus a 10% handling until Oct 15; minus a 25% handling fee until Nov 15; minus a 50% handling fee until Dec 15th.

Space is limited. Reserve early (and save!).

*We may add a second hotel. No accommodations will be any less splendid than Bidderosa.

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