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August 8 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Meeting Location:
  • Online
The Muse Writers Center
2200 Colonial Ave, Suite #3
Norfolk, VA 23517 United States

Women Writers in Translation

August is Women in Translation Month! Join The Muse and the Poetry Society of Virginia as we celebrate the work of women writers in translation in this multi-genre panel.

This event will be held live over Zoom; to join, register to receive the Zoom webinar link. There will be a recording available after the event.



Pichchenda Bao is a Cambodian American writer and poet, infant survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, daughter of refugees, and feminist stay-at-home mother in New York City. Her work has been published by the Adirondack Review, New Ohio Review, great weather for MEDIA, Newtown Literary, and elsewhere. She was a 2019 Emerging Writer Fellow at the Aspen Words Writers’ Conference and is an incoming fellow at the Kundiman Writers’ Retreat.
Kurt William Hackbarth is a writer, playwright, journalist, actor, and translator. He is the author of the plays La [medio] diezmada (2011) and El óstrakon (2012), both of which saw their premieres in the Juárez Theater in Oaxaca, Mexico. He is the author of the books Interrumpimos este programa (Editorial Ficticia, 2012) and Sinfonía #1 (Ediciones Matanga, 2019), with a new book, Viaje a Monpratior, forthcoming in 2021. He is a regular collaborator with Jacobin Magazine on Mexico and Latin America, and has also published in The Nation, Global, Animal Político, and Tierra Adentro.
Dr. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Virginia Poet Laureate Emerita, has co-edited three anthologies and published nine poetry books, including The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, winner of the 2014 Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award. Her poems appear in numerous journals, including Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, World Poetry Yearbook, and Best of Literary Journals. Her poetry, along with that of other Virginia Poets Laureate, is featured in two art installations as part of the Washington Metropolitan Area Authority, Art in Transit. An abstract artist, Kreiter-Foronda’s paintings and sculpture have been exhibited widely.
Tamara León is a writer. She studied Hispanic Language and Literatures at UNAM. She is an editor of academic publications and an art promoter, in addition to curating exhibitions for museums. Her poetic work, narratives, and writings about her art have been published in various national and international media, including publications of the prestigious organization Pen International. She works in conjunction with civil and collective associations for the strengthening of identity and biocultural conservation for the benefit of her community. Originally from Oaxaca, she lives in Mexico City. 
Thawda Aye Lei  The Burmese writer Thawda Aye Lei has published four novels and two short story collections. She is currently working as a researcher on gender- and media-related studies for Burma-based international NGOs. In 2021, she enrolled in the PhD program in Political Science at McMaster University, Canada.
Sahar Muradi is a writer, performer, and educator born in Afghanistan and raised in the U.S. She is author of the chapbooks [ G A T E S ], A Garden Beyond My Hand, and, most recently, Ask Hafiz, winner of the 2021 Patrons’ Prize from Thornwillow prize. She is also co-author of A Ritual in X Movements, and co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature. Her poetry has appeared most recently in The Muslim World and BOAAT Journal. Sahar is a founding member of the Afghan American Artists and Writers Association and has been the recipient of several honors, including the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award, the Himan Brown Poetry Award, and a Kundiman Poetry Fellowship. Sahar is Director of Education Programs at the NYC-based arts and cultural organization City Lore, and she dearly believes in the bottom of the rice pot.
Catherine Fletcher (MC) is a Virginia-based writer. Recent work has appeared in The Inflectionist Review, New World Writing, The Hopper, Kissing Dynamite, Hopkins Review, and the concert series Concept Lab. She currently serves as Outreach and Communications Manager for the Poetry Society of Virginia. She was a TWP Science and Religion Fellow at Arizona State University from 2016-18. She also served as Director of Poetry Programs at the New York-based organization City Lore and Managing Director of the Los Angeles-based ensemble The Ghost Road Company.

Please note: This class or event will be held online (using Zoom or a similar live platform). To participate, students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register.