Fall 2018

Past Events

November 17, 2018


Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027
The Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room


This evening celebrates the Columbia University School of the Arts’s partnership with the Instituto Vera Cruz in São Paulo, Brazil, as part of the Word for Word translation exchange. In collaboration with the journals Words Without Borders and Pessoa as well as the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro, the School of the Arts presents a number of leading writers visiting from Brazil in conversation with writers from Columbia’s Writing Program.




6 pm


Sam Lipsyte, Writing Program Chair



Susan Bernofsky, Writing

Eric Becker, Words Without Borders


6:15 pm

Panel One: Writing Place

Estévão Azevedo

Paul Beatty, Writing

Alexandre Vidal Porto

Roberto Taddei

moderated by Rivka Galchen '06, Writing Faculty


7:15 pm

Panel Two: Writing Our Time

Leslie Jamison, Writing

Ismar Tirelli Neto

Carol Rodrigues

moderated by Susan Bernofsky, Writing


8 pm


This event is presented by the School of the Arts Writing Program, Literary Translation at Columbia, the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro, Pessoa, and Words Without Borders


Biographical notes and links to work in English by the visiting writers


Panel One


Estévão Azevedo was born in Natal (Rio Grande do Norte) and lives in São Paulo. An editor, he received a graduate degree in Brazilian literature from the University of São Paulo. In 2005, he published the short-story collection O som de nada acontecendo [The Sound of Nothing Happening] (Edições K). His first novel, Nunca o nome do menino [Never the Boy’s Name] (Terceiro Nome, 2008; Record, 2016), was a finalist for the São Paulo Award for Literature in 2009. He has published short stories in various literary magazines and in the anthology of Brazilian writers Popcorn unterm Zuckerhut—Junge brasilianische literature, published in Germany in 2013. Tempo de espalhar pedras [A Time to Cast Away Stones], published in 2014, won the São Paulo Award for Literature, became a finalist for the Oceanos Award, and was released in Italy in 2016 as Tempo di spargere pietre.

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Alexandre Vidal Porto was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is a writer, diplomat, and social activist.  He is the author of two novels: Matias na cidade (Record, 2005) and Sergio Y. (Companhia das Letras, 2014, winner of the Paraná Literature Prize), which has just been published in English by Europa Editions. He writes a weekly column on social issues for Folha de S. Paulo, the leading Brazilian paper, and is also a Harvard-trained lawyer whose advocacy focus on LGBT and minority rights. 

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Roberto Taddei '10 is the author of the novels Existe e está aqui e então acaba (Dobra, E-galáxia, 2014) and Terminália (Prumo/Rocco, 2013). He completed his MFA in Fiction at Columbia, and now directs the MFA writing program at Instituto Vera Cruz in Sao Paulo. In addition to adapting David Foster Wallace short stories for the stage, he also translated Idra Novey’s Ways to Disappear for Editora 34. His criticism has appeared in the newspapers Folha de S. Paulo, O Estado de S. Paulo, Jornal da Tarde, and other publications. He is editor of the magazine Revera – escritos de criação literária.



Panel Two


Ismar Tirelli Neto is a poet, fiction writer, screenwriter, and translator. Born in 1985 in Rio de Janeiro, he currently lives in Curitiba. He has published four books: synchronoscpio, RamerrãoAlguns Dias Violentas, and Os Ilhados

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Carol Rodrigues was born in Rio de Janeiro and lives in São Paulo. Her first story collection, Sem Vista para o Mar (Edith, 2015), won the Jabuti and Biblioteca Nacional prizes for short stories in 2015. Her second collection, Os Maus Modos, is forthcoming later in 2016 and has received the support of Proac (the São Paulo State Cultural Department). She earned a BA in audiovisual studies at the Federal University of São Carlos and a MA in international performance studies at the University of Amsterdam. In 2016, she was a one of the featured writers at The Script Road literary festival in Macau.

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