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Arts & Artists

New Hampshire Artist Roster

James Kates


My business is to introduce

The play of lines and power of art.

Each group puts me to different use-

My business is to introduce

Technique and spirit, tight and loose

Expressions of the beating heart.

My business is to introduce

The power of lines and play of art.

J. Kates is a poet, literary translator and the president and co-director of Zephyr Press, a non-profit press that focuses on contemporary works in translation from Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry, a Translation Project Fellowship, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation for the Selected Poems of Mikhail Yeryomin (White Pine Press, 2014). He has published three chapbooks of his own poems: Mappemonde (Oyster River Press) Metes and Bounds (Accents Publishing) and The Old Testament (Cold Hub Press) and a full book, The Briar Patch (Hobblebush Books). He is the translator of The Score of the Game and An Offshoot of Sense by Tatiana Shcherbina; Say Thank You and Level with Us by Mikhail Aizenberg; When a Poet Sees a Chestnut Tree and Secret Wars by Jean-Pierre Rosnay; Corinthian Copper by Regina Derieva; Live by Fire by Aleksey Porvin; Thirty-nine Rooms, by Nikolai Baitov; and Genrikh Sapgir’s Psalms. Muddy River, a selection of poems by Sergey Stratanovsky, will be published in 2016. He is the translation editor of Contemporary Russian Poetry, and the editor of In the Grip of Strange Thoughts: Russian Poetry in a New Era. A former president of the American Literary Translators Association, he is also the co-translator of four books of Latin American poetry.

Programs offered: Readings; lecture-demonstrations; workshops; residencies

Populations served: Grades 3-12, colleges, senior citizens, families, adults, youth at-risk, people in institutions

Availability: Statewide, year round

Fees: Readings: $150; Workshops: $150; Master Classes: $100; School Residencies: $200/day; fees negotiable

Contact Information:
PO Box 221
Fitzwilliam, NH 03447
Phone: 603/585-3347
Fax: 603/585-6534


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