Translator Kareem Abu-Zeid will speak on April 10 at 3:30 pm in Austin 217 (The Stern Room).
Kareem James Abu-Zeid is an Egyptian-American translator, editor, and writer. He was born in Kuwait and grew up in the Middle East. He studied European languages at Princeton University, taking translation workshops under poets CK Williams and Paul Muldoon. He then lived an itinerant life around Europe and the Middle East for several years, before moving to California for graduate studies. He obtained a Masters and a PhD in comparative literature from UC Berkeley, with a dissertation focusing on modern poetry as spiritual practice. He has taught university courses in writing, language, literature, and philosophy in four different languages at Berkeley, Mannheim and Heidelberg, and currently works as a freelance translator from Arabic, French, and German into English, as well as a freelance editor of English-language texts. He also does a significant amount of work editing the translations of other translators.
This event is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.