For several years at Bates College where I teach, I participated in a translation festival: we invited poets from all corners of the world to recite their work in the original language, while simultaneously on a screen behind them spectators could read a translation of their poem. This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase language arts and the very creative process of translation. The first year of Translations: Bates International Poetry Festival, we invited the French poet Emeric de Monteynard. I had the pleasure of translating some of his poems.
The beautiful picture at left was one of many posters for the festival, each showcasing the poets invited. The beautiful work was created by Hakusan Creation, led by William Ash and Naomi Otsubo.