NEW SWEDISH POETRY: Aase Berg and Johannes Göransson

Thursday, April 23, 6:30 pm
American Swedish Institute, Larson Hall

Join us for an evening of riveting writing as Rain Taxi presents acclaimed Swedish poet Aase Berg and her American translator, poet Johannes Göransson. Following a brief reading, Berg and Göransson will have an onstage conversation about their work and the trajectory of Swedish poetry as a whole. Co-sponsored by the American Swedish Institute and the Department of Scandinavian Studies' "Out of Scandinavia" Artist-in-Residence Program at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Aase Berg is the author of six books of poetry, a young adult novel, and a book of criticism. She has four books in English translation, most recently Transfer Fat (2012) and Dark Matter (2013). She has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Aftonbladets Literaturpris for the best book of poetry in 2012. A founding member of the notorious Stockholm Surrealist Group, she is widely considered one of the most unique and influential of contemporary Swedish poets.

Johannes Göransson is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Haute Surveillance (2013), and the translator of several books from Swedish, including works by Aase Berg, Henry Parland, and Johan Jönson. Göransson emigrated from Sweden to the United States at age 13, and earned a BA from the University of Minnesota, an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a PhD from the University of Georgia. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame and co-edits the literary press Action Books.