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JEN HOFER Has Won THE 2012 Morton Landon Translation Award– JEN IS POETRY IN MOTION!

 

PHOTO BY BEN GUZMAN- (JEN AT PLAY, CYCLING WITH FRIENDS) -With Emily Ramsey, Charles Haine, Monica Howe, Aurisha Smolarski Waters, Somerset Waters, Jen Hofer, Tj Flexer, Kelly Marie Martin, Aaron Salinger and Kim Jensen in Los Angeles, California.

PHOTO-BY-LINDA-LAY—EVEN WHEN JEN ISN’T TEACHING—–AT PLAY–SHE IS STILL TEACHING. SHE CAN’T HELP HERSELF–ADDICTED!!
PHOTO OF JEN’S EVENT BY JOE-MILAZZO-JEN HOFER, AWARD WINNING POET AND INCREDIBLE HUMAN BEING.
JEN , IMMERSED IN HER ELEMENT!!…..California Federation of Time Banks JEN HOFER TEACHING .
Pierre Joris Chooses Jen Hofer for 2012 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award–http://www.sfsu.edu/~poetry— with Jen Hofer;
Jen Hofer sharing her magic at a party with friends. She teaches—like magic— when one is unaware..like at parties..
The cyclist persona, of the great Jen Hofer.

Jen Hofer is the 2012,which is chosen by Pierre Joris,  recipient of The Morton Landon Translation Award,  according to staff writer Harriet Staff of the online publication, www.poetryfoundation.org, for translating Negro Marfil/Ivory Black by Myriam Moscona (Les Figues 2011).  Pierre Joris, an accomplished writer, anthropologist,  essayist, and translater,in his own right,  according to Wikipedia.org,  has not only taught english at The University of Albany, in New york, but has also, in addition to publishing over 20 books of poetry,translations, and essays, served as a visiting poet and scholar  at UCSD; In addition, he but he also won the prestegious   PEN Award——–which according to facebook, The PEN Award for Poetry in Translation honors a poetry translation published in the preceding year——– for his translation of Paul Celan’s poetry, entitled, “Lightduress”, in 2005. Joris expounded in depth of Jen Hofer as his selection as follows(from Harriet Staff’s article on Hofer in poetry foundation org):

 

 

 

 

 

‘Myriam Moscona’s book Negro Marfil is a superbly orchestrated rhizomatic array of poems or, to quote the book, “an echo of shares.” This process of writing through the echoic first set up by the title’s ivory/black dynamic leads to a quest for new ordering principles while proposing a breath-taking & -giving investigation of sounds, colors, rhythms and forms. Arising from a first “translation” into words of the author’s india-ink images & collages, the book has now been impeccably translated into English as Ivory Black by Jen Hofer, who also provides an excellent essay on the book & the translation.’

Indeed Jen Hofer is an excellent translater, but she is an accomplished poet, I have read that translation and it is fantastic,  and according to The California Institute of Arts, ” Jen Hofer is a poet, translator, bookmaker, interpreter, public letter-writer, knitter and urban cyclist. In addition to teaching poetics in the MFA Writing Program, Jen teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College and in the low-residency BFA Program at Goddard College; she also works as a social justice interpreter as part of Antenna: A Language Justice Collaborative, and is a founding member of the City of Angels Ladies’ Bicycle Association, also known as The Whirly Girls.” Jen also has received rave review for her puppet theatrical show , in The LA Times, called “The Little fakers”. The show is indeed funny, consisting of an entourage of at least 7 other puppeteers, is  a bit funny and social message rendering effects.  Jen has also taught creative writing for The University of   Antioch  , through an organization, in conjunction with teachers from UCLA, celebrities–Amy from “NYPD”, Magdalene Brandis, “Mystery Theatre”, DR. Tripp, University of Antioch University , and other educators, from an organization  called “The Bridge Program”, for economically disadvantaged students who can’t afford college , giving as much as 9 college credits—–via a humanitees curriculum. According to The California Institute of Arts some of Jen’s  work is as follows:

Teaching interests: Poetics; Tiny Press Practices; Translation

 

Jen Hofer is a poet, translator, bookmaker, interpreter, public letter-writer, knitter and urban cyclist. Her publications include Lead & Tether (Dusie Kollektiv, 2011); Ivory Black, a translation of Negro marfil by Myriam Moscona (Les Figues Press, 2011); one (Palm Press, 2009); The Route, a collaboration with Patrick Durgin (Atelos, 2008),  sexoPUROsexoVELOZ and Septiembre, a translation from Dolores Dorantes by Dolores Dorantes (Counterpath Press and Kenning Editions, 2008); and lip wolf, a translation of Laura Solórzano’s lobo de labio (Action Books, 2007). Forthcoming work includes: “Uncovering: A Quilted Poem Made from Donated and Foraged Materials from Wendover, Utah,” which will be on exhibit at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover through 2012; The Missing Link (Parrot Series, Insert Press), and translations of books by Guatemalan poet Alan Mills and Mexican poet Dolores Dorantes. In addition to teaching poetics in the MFA Writing Program, Jen teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College and in the low-residency BFA Program at Goddard College; she also works as a social justice interpreter as part of Antenna: A Language Justice Collaborative, and is a founding member of the City of Angels Ladies’ Bicycle Association, also known as The Whirly Girls.

Jen, in my opinion, is a modern day Katherine Hepburn, minus the voice, but with the same unstoppable spirit, ————as Hepburn was both intelligent and feisty—————that seems to live to give others a voice, while entertaining and surfacing  her own unique spirit, as well as enabling others’ to learn and eventually release their own voices, as well. I have witnessed her teaching style, and Hofer, in my opinion,  seeks to instill a voice that empowers, not only women, but also anyone that is or appears to be “voiceless”, such as the economically and socially marginalized people of the world. I am amazed at all of the “hats” that Jen Hofer wears. I have told her with much amazement,  I might add that , ‘Jen , You have 5 or 6 careers raging all at once!!’ I am asking Jen Hofer to write for Cold Heat News and compete for The Robert Novak Journalist Award , which will be awarded at the Global Independence Day Celebration at Beverly Hilton on September 9, 2012, to the most outstanding writer of 2012.

 

Last year in Beverly hills, CA, September 06, 2011 Kevin Kaul, Chairman of The US Asian Business Forum, in conjunction with Maria Amor, the CEO of Exotifit for Humanity, and President of We Care for the World, and owner of Cold Heat News and The new publication Exoti-World,  amidst a frenzy of media; celebrities; television; radio; internet; newspaper journalists; and distinguished dignitaries representing over 200 countries, including California’s Mayor Villaraigosa, celebrated The Global Independence Day 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel,with a business investment seminar, a global achievement awards ceremony — honoring 20 recipients — and a dinner banquet.Global Independence Day 2011,not only commemorated the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001, referred to as 9/11, but that star studded and diplomatically laden event  also celebrated democracies’ achievements over terrorism, and global peace which was achieved through global trade.

Jen Hofer ‘s careers are such that dreams are made of, and she shows the world that you can be a MASTER OF TRADES and not eventually jack it all up. She is a Gem and a great individual. Jen Hofer’s events are such that one  always takes something away with you; Something good; Something to think about; Something to enjoy; Something new inside your head and your heart that will set you and those around you into motion, moving in a positive direction. I have seen the effect that Jen Hofer has had on her students’ lives; The rekindling of a purpose in life and a thirst for education; The guidance and slight of hand in which she unloads her vast educational mental load into one’s mind;  The practical enabling and assurance with intelligent methods of applying her lessons in not only writing, but into life’s merry-go round; And finally, the end result of meeting Jen and having been taught by her, is a lifetime of really great and fun memories, from something that you once reviled———–education!!! Jen is not only Pierre Joris’s choice for tThe  Morton Landon Translation Award, but Jen is also my choice for the Maurice Dwayne Smith’s Most  Incredible Person Award for 2012!!

 

 

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I was born in Fountainbleu in Paris France to an army family. My father ,Ruben Smith, and my mother Nancy Smith, worked for the Army and as a school teacher in France, respectively.We are originally from the South. My father’s people from Misissippi and Alabama and my mom’s from South Carolina. I am an avid sports fan and I attended and played sports----football, wresting, and track----- at Bishop England High School, in Charleston, South Carolina; my mom chose both a Catholic high school and an elementary school, Immaculate Conception, for my sister and I. Initially, I wasted a lot of time in school pursuing sports and partying but nevertheless,I went to the College of Charleston, The University of South Carolina, where I majored in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, with a minor in Theatre and Speech. I finally graduated from The University of Redlands, in Redlands, CA with a degree in business management. I managed to get into SAG-AFTRA, mostly as an extra, but I have done an occasional speaking stint here and there—CD-ROMs, experimental and industrial films, and voice overs in radio. My most recent endeavor was playing a doctor on "Grey's Anatomy". I like horror, love, thrillers, and I like to read. Weightliftingand jogging are some of my hobbies also. Interestingly enough, my family prepared me for a life on the move, as I have been to every state in The USA except for Alaska and Hawaii. I have an older sister who chose the teaching profession and is doing quite fine. What was i like as a child? Well I tend to think that I existed and flourished within "a culture of hate"--------however South Carolina has ceased and desisted with both "The jim Crow Laws' and flying the Confederate Flag------------I witnessed "colored only" bathrooms, and was in establishments where the Klan showed up. I stayed at hotels where my family and I found pounds of raw CHITTERLINS---hogs guts----- at our doorstep!! But don't get me wrong, as despite these ugly truths about the South, I grew up with some very cool whites, mexicans, Filipino's and other races. But it is what it is. It has Metamorphosized into being a cultural and real estate melting pot, as many from other states are recently flocking there for the cheaper home prices, very stable, safer lifestyle and "bible belt" mentality, and affordable education. I too have Metamorphosized , as I am not the militant little athletic, and partying freak I used to be and have settled into writing for Cold Heat News and assisting We Care for Humanity with their charitable functions. Consequently, I am pretty much a normal army brat who has realized that life is what you make it and people and things are subject to change. So change with life and let by gones be by gones. My dad has since passed away, and my mom and sister and most of my cousins are still alive, but their positive,significant influence, along with the impact my elementary and high school friends have had on me continues on;infact, I believe, where it not for my childhood friends, my high school football Coach Jack Cantey and occasional teenage battles with my dad, I would have become a gang member! Thus my personal manifesto is, Live hard, party when it is time, and utilize both education, and Love for God, and know that FAMILY AND FRIENDS are most important;They're one's conduit for a viable and happy life. ALSO, A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND---NOT A "FAIR WEATHER"------INDEED.

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