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Estonian poet Kristiina Ehin talks about her book WALKER ON WATER

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
  3–5 p.m.

Location: CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg South Symposium room, INTS 1109
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Category: Lecture



Kristiina Ehin, internationally renowned poet and Estonia's literary star
talks about her book Walker on Water, a collection of modern and surreal folktales.

“It's Etgar Keret meets Aimee Bender meets Michael Cisco meets Aesop."
- Paul Tremblay, author of The Little Sleep and A Head Full of Ghosts.

“Wow! I love this book!”
-  Mark Mothersbaugh, lead singer of Devo.

"Sharp, jarring, and darkly funny, the stories in Walker on Water move seamlessly and defiantly between the real and the surreal, reinventing folklore, redefining fiction, and daringly reexamining relationships."
- Susan Steinberg, author of Spectacle.

In Walker on Water, Ehin gathers a collection of unforgettable folktales for the 21st Century. Combining elements of surrealism and the fantastical, she prods at the idiosyncrasies of modern relationships, and creates new mythologies for the likes of love, desire, and fidelity. Ilmar Lehtpere's translation renders Ehin's distinctive narratives--always occurring just below the surface of waking life --with confidence, humor and intelligence.

Kristiina Ehin is an internationally renowned poet, her collection The Drums of Silence was awarded the British Poetry Society Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation in 2007, and her collection 1001 Winters has been nominated for the same prize in 2013. In her native Estonia, Ehin has published six volumes of poetry, three books of short stories and a retelling of South-Estonian folk tales. She has written plays, as well as poetic radio broadcasts. She has won Estonia’s most prestigious poetry prize for Kaitseala—a book of poems and journal entries written during a year spent living as a nature reserve warden on an otherwise uninhabited island off Estonia’s north coast.

Unnamed Press is a brand new publisher of international fiction based in Los Angeles.

Open to: Campus Only
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Creative Writing Department

Contact Information:
Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245