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speak low

by Alice Sant'Anna
translated by Eric M.B. Becker


Poetry. Perfect bound paperback. 1st Edition. ISBN: 978-0-578-24195-1
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This book – the third collection from the 32 year-old from Rio de Janeiro, widely hailed as a revelation in Brazilian poetry – was the result of a Masters in Literature at PUC-Rio, written during a Visiting Felow at Brown University in 2013. Other collections include Dobradura and Rabo de baleia (published in English as Tail of the Whale, Toad Press, 2016), which won the 2013 APCA Poetry Prize from the São Paulo Art Critics’ Association. Sant’Anna’s other publications include the chapbook Pingue-Pongue with esteemed Brazilian poet Armando Freitas Filho, as well as a collection of her entire oeuvre to date, published in Portugal as Aula de natação in 2018. She has co-edited Brazilian literary magazine Serrote since 2010 and since 2016 works as an editor at publishing house Companhia das Letras. Her work has been translated into Spanish and English and she has been a guest at literary festivals in Sweden, Latvia, France, USA, and elsewhere.

 Eric M. B. Becker is an award-winning journalist, literary translator, and editor of Words Without Borders. He has received fellowships and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission, PEN America, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and has translated books by several Portuguese-language writers, including Mia Couto, Oceanos Prize-winner Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida, and Cannes Best Actress Award-winner Fernanda Torres. His other translations include short work by numerous writers across the Lusophone world; he has also edited anthologies of Brazilian writing and is cofounder of the Pessoa Festival. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Freeman's, and other publications. After a stint in Rio de Janeiro, he now lives in New York.

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