Marilyn Hacker & Marie Etienne

The Ebony Mare


Marilyn Hacker is the author of eleven books of poems, most recently Essays on Departure : New and Selected Poems (Carcanet Press, 2006) and Desesperanto (Norton, 2003). Recent translations include Guy Goffette’s Charlestown Blues (University of Chicago Pres, 2007) and Claire Malroux’s Birds and Bison (Sheep Meadow Press, 2004). She lives in New York and Paris.

Marie Etienne is the author of eight collections of poems, five novels, and two books on the theater. She spent her childhood in Indochina, in what is now Viet Nam, during the Second World War and the beginning of the Viet Minh struggle for independence. These origins are the basis of her 2002 novel Sensö: La guerre, a kaleidoscopic impression of the war, and of the multiple displacements of a child between cultures. Her own education continued in France and in Dakar, and she has remained a traveler and an ambassador between literary cultures all her life. She has been especially instrumental in bringing the work of Vietnamese and of Japanese poets to a French audience.

Marie Etienne lives in Paris, where she is a frequent contributor to literary and book review journals, in particular La Quinzaine littéraire. She contributed a chapter on 20th century French women poets to the anthology Beyond French Feminisms (Palgrave-Macmillan 2003). Other recently-published books include the novel L'Inconnue de la Loire ( La Table ronde , 2004), Les Passants intérieurs, an experimental prose work (Editions Virgile, 2004), Dormans, a collection of poetry published in 2006 by Flammarion and L’Enfant et le soldat, an autobiographical novel published in 2006 as well.