An evening of poetry in English, French and Kurdish, including two book launches

with Seyhmus Dagtekin, Christine Herzer, Amy Hollowell and Rethabile Masilo

When: Tuesday, May 26 at 19:30
Where: at our new venue
Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Seyhmus Dagtekin
(born in 1964 in Harun village, Turkey) is a French writing Kurdish poet and writer. He has lived in Paris since 1987, where he has received several important prizes for his work including the Mallarmé Poetry Prize in 2007 and the Théophile Gautier Poetry Prize in 2008 for Juste un pont sans feu. He also writes in Turkish and Kurdish and is the author of 9 books of poetry, the most recent of which is Elégies pour ma mère, and a novel.

Christine Herzer is a poet, visual artist, and teacher. “Autocorrect horrifies me. Yesterday, the system felt entitled to correct the name of a poet. Celan became clean. Is this a Browser Issue? Is this much larger? I hate it when beautification becomes erasure.” Christine is currently reading Ingeborg Bachmann’s ‘Sämtliche Gedichte’, Stephen Grosz ‘The Examined Life’ and ‘The Empathy Exams’ by Leslie Jamison. She keeps a tumblr at honeymoon in the fridge. For more information visit and

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Amy Hollowell has long been a part of the Anglophone poetry scene in Paris and is the author of several poetry collections, including Here We Are (PURH, 2015), Giacomettrics (corrupt press, 2012) and Peneloping (corrupt press, 2011). In addition, she works as a journalist and translator and has been on the staff of the International Herald Tribune since 1983. She is also a Zen meditation teacher, leading the Wild Flower Zen group in France and Portugal.

Rethabile Masilo (born in 1961) is a Mosotho poet from Lesotho. He leſt his country to go into exile in 1981, moving through the Republic of South Africa (very short stay, on account of the weight of apartheid), Kenya and the United States, before settling in France in 1987. His first collection of poetry, Things That Are Silent, was published in 2012 by Pindrop Press, and his second Waslap, is just out from The Onslaught Press. He blogs at Poéfrika. and co-edits Canopic Jar.

The last POETS LIVE reading of the season will be on June 9 at Berkeley Books, with Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte.


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