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This Member Book Spotlight will feature IWWG member Francisca Esteve and Marlon L. Fick, co-editors of Xeixa: Fourteen Catalan Poets (Tupelo Press, November 2018), as well as readings by anthology contributors Rosa Font Massot and Cèlia Sànchez-Mústich, all interviewed by IWWG board member Kelly DuMar.
Francisca Esteve was born in Spain in València, grew up in Barcelona, and joined the anti-fascist resistance movement that struggled to keep Catalan culture alive. She trained at Escuela de Artes Aplicadas Massana and became a painter, eventually immigrating to Mexico City. After she and Marlon Fick married, they lived in China before coming to live in the United States in 2014.
Marlon L. Fick holds a BA from the University of Kansas, an MA from New York University, and PhD from the University of Kansas. He is the author of two poetry collections published in Mexico and of the novel The Nowhere Man (Jaded Ibis, 2015), and the editor/translator of The River Is Wide / El río es ancho: Twenty Mexican Poets (New Mexico, 2005). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and ConaCulta in Mexico, the Ramon Llull Award for Literature in Catalonia, and a Best American Literary Translator award from the Latitudes Foundation. He now teaches at the University of Texas–Permian Basin.
Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright, and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Tree of the Apple and All These Cures, and a nonfiction book, Before You Forget: The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. Kelly’s poems, prose, and photos have been published in many literary journals, and her award-winning plays are produced around the U.S. and published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 13th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the U.S. / kellydumar.com
“Xeixa: Fourteen Catalan Poets is an astonishingly generous collection that teaches us how to take a hurt and make it into a song, teaches us how a private whisper can become everyone’s private whisper, how a poem in Catalan can become an equally beautiful, terrifying, inspiring poem in English. What a gorgeous, necessary book. Bravo.”
~Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic and Dancing in Odessa