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Epic, Romance and Mysticism: The Greatness of Persian Poetry An Evening with Dick Davis in Conversation with Dana Gioia

Visions and Voices

Dick Davis, the finest living translator of Persian literature into English, will discuss the great Persian poetic legacy that has inspired his life’s work in a stirring and expansive conversation with Dana Gioia, the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC.
Dick Davis is widely considered the finest living translator of Persian literature into English. Davis will discuss the great Persian poetic legacy that has inspired his life’s work in a stirring and expansive conversation with Dana Gioia, the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC. Davis’s translations include Attar’s The Conference of the Birds (with Afkham Darbandi), a book of medieval epigrams (Borrowed Ware), Pezeshkzad’s My Uncle Napoleon, Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, Gorgani’s Vis and Ramin and, most recently, Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz. Born in England, Davis lived in Iran from 1970 to 1978. A poet as well as a translator, Davis is the author of At Home and Far from Home: Poems on Iran and Persian Culture, among other books. He was a professor of Persian and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University from 2002 until 2012.