Mount Mercy will welcome acclaimed Czech poet Sylva Fischerová for a special Q&A and Reading on April 14. The Q&A takes place at 3:30 p.m. in Basile Hall room 300, and the reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.
Sylva Fischerová was born in Prague, Czech Republic in 1963. She grew up in the Moravian town of Olomouc, and returned to Prague to study philosophy and physics, and later Greek and Latin, at Charles University. She has published six volumes of poems in Czech, and her poetry has been translated and published in numerous languages. An earlier selection of her poems, The Tremor of Racehorses,translated by Ian and Jarmila Milner, was published by Bloodaxe in 1990. She recently began to write prose, leading to a book of stories as well as a book for children, which appeared in 2005. The Swing in the Middle of Chaos: Selected Poems, co-translated with Stuart Friebert, was published by Bloodaxe in 2009.
Fischerová currently lives in Prague and teaches ancient Greek literature and philosophy at Charles University.
Mount Mercy offers numerous Happenings on the Hill cultural affairs events each year, including plays, lectures, forums, and exhibits, which are free and open to the community. Series such as the Race and Gender Speaker Series and the Barbara Knapp Speaker Series offer resources on business-related topics of interest and perspectives on the global and local issues of race, gender, minorities, and cultural differences.