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Clayton Eshleman is a poet, translator, essayist, and editor. He is the author of 17 collections of poetry and the primary American translator of César Vallejo, Aimé Césaire, and Antonin Artaud. He was the founder and editor of two seminal literary journals: Caterpillar (1967-73) and Sulfur(1981-2000).
His book Juniper Fuse: Upper Paleolithic Imagination & the Construction of the Underworld is a study in poetry and prose of the origins of image making based on 25 years of research in the Ice Age painted caves of southwestern France.
Eshleman twice won the Landon Translation Award from the American Academy of Poets for his translations of Cesar Vallejo. His other awards and recognitions include the National Book Award in Translation, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, among other honors.
His latest books include a collection of original poetry, Anticline, and translations of works by Aimé Césaire, Bernard Bador, and Dei Bao. He will read from recent works.