51 Main to host an evening of literature on Oct. 24

MIDDLEBURY — The New England Review will present four wordsmiths in a night of literature at a local eatery.
Authors Jensen Beach and Eugene Mirabelli in fiction, poet Elizabeth Powell, and student translator Bernardo Andrade will all read from their recent work at 51 Main at the Bridge in Middlebury on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served, and books, cocktails and other beverages will be available to purchase. Co-sponsored by the Vermont Book Shop and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, this event is free and open to the public.
Bernardo Andrade will read from his translation of a conversation with Brazilian essayist Olavo de Carvalho, which he published in the Middlebury College student magazine of literary translation, Translingual. A philosophy major from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Andrade speaks English, Russian, and Latin, as well as his native Portuguese.
Jensen Beach is the author of two collections of short fiction, most recently “Swallowed by the Cold,” published this year by Graywolf Press. His stories have appeared in A Public Space, Paris Review, and The New Yorker. He teaches at Johnson State College, where he is fiction editor at Green Mountains Review. He lives in Jericho with his family.
Eugene Mirabelli, now eighty-five, is the author of nine novels. His first was published in the middle of the last century and his most recent, “Renato After Alba,” comes out this fall from McPherson & Company. Mirabelli’s short stories have been translated into Czech, French, Hebrew, Russian, Sicilian and Turkish, and for years he wrote on politics, society and culture for an alternative newsweekly. He was a co-founder of Alternative Literary Programs, a nonprofit group that brought poets, storytellers, and fiction writers into secondary school classrooms. He is a professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Albany.
Elizabeth A. I. Powell is the author of “The Republic of Self,” a New Issue First Book Prize winner. Her second book, “Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances,” won the Robert Dana Prize in poetry and was published this year by Anhinga Press.
She has received Pushcart Prize, a Vermont Council on the Arts grants, and a Yaddo fellowship, and her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, Harvard Review and elsewhere. She is editor of Green Mountains Review, and associate professor of writing and literature at Johnson State College. Born in New York City, she has lived in Vermont since 1989 with her four children.

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