November 22nd: Ian Monk, Megan Fernandes, Amy Hollowell

Poets Live on 22nd November at 19h downstairs at Carr’s Pub, 1 rue de Mont-Thabor, 75001 Paris. Metro Tuileries. Admission free.

Ian Monk was born near London, but now lives in Lille, France, where he works as a writer and translator (of, among others, Georges Perec, Daniel Pennac, Raymond Roussel and Marie Darrieussecq). Aſter contributing to the Oulipo Compendium (Atlas Press) he became a member of the Oulipo in 1988. He has published books in English such as Family Archaeology and Writings for the Oulipo (Make Now), in French (Plouk Town and La Jeunesse de Mek-Ouyes (Cambourakis)), and even both N/S (with Frédéric Forte (Editions de l’Attente).

Amy Hollowell is an American-born Parisian poet, journalist and translator. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications in Europe and the United States. She helped edit the Paris-based review Pharos, founded by Alice Notley and the late Douglas Oliver, and is a former student of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Her bilingual chapbook Ultrasound/Ultrason, with translations by Célin Vuraler, was published last year in Paris. As a journalist, she covered French politics and culture in the 1980s and has long been a staff editor at the International Herald Tribune. Her translations include works by Georges Bataille, Alberto Giacometti, Yves Bonnefoy, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Catherine Millot and Matthieu Ricard, as well as a 21st-century translation, with Joa Scetbon-Didi, of one of the fundamental texts of Buddhism, the Heart Sutra. In 2004, she founded the Wild Flower Zen group, which she continues to lead in France and Portugal and online at

Megan Fernandes is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the editor of Strangers in Paris (Tightrope Books, 2011) and has a forthcoming chapbook, Some Citrus Makes me Blue (Dancing Girl Press) to launch in Chicago in January 2012. Megan is the graduate coordinator for Literature and the Mind and directs the Poetry/Poetics Hub at UC Santa Barbara.