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Peter Cole by Edward Hirsch
Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn
October 22, 2008
Co-produced by Cary Brown-Epstein & Steven Epstein

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“You’re translating the world…establishing this very powerful relationship to the past."

—Peter Cole

The recipient of a 2007 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Peter Cole is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, Things on Which I’ve Stumbled. He has translated widely from Hebrew and Arabic, and has received numerous awards for his work, including the PEN Translation Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His anthology The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950–1492 received the university press “book of the year” award from the American Publishers Association. Co-founder and publisher of Ibis Editions, he divides his time between Israel and the U.S.

Cole was interviewed by MacArthur Fellow Edward Hirsch, President of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and author of over ten books of poetry and prose, including the national bestseller How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry.

Read an interview with Peter Cole by Ben Lerner in BOMB 105.

Filmed live in front of an audience at the Brooklyn Public Library.

*Photography: Rob Lyons & Michael Lisnet

Sound: Gautam K. Choudhury

Editing: Courtney Nicolson*