Art Beck

San Francisco, CA 94116

Author's Bio

My poems, essays and translations have appeared in a number of lit-journals, anthologies, small press volumes and chapbooks. From 2009 through 2012, I was a twice yearly contributor to, the Los Angeles poetry magazine, Rattle‘s, since discontinued, e-issues with a series of essays on translating poetry under the byline The Impertinent Duet.

Publications and Prizes

Mea Roma - a Meditative Sampling From M. Valerius Martialis
(Shearsman Books, 2018)
, Opera Omnia Luxorius or a Duet for Sitar and Trombone
(Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, 2012)
, Rilke
(Elysian Fields, 1983)
, Simply to See
(Poltroon Press, 1990)
Aspects of Robinson
(Backwaters Press, 2018)
, Califorina Poetry
(Heyday Books, 2004)
, Literature of Work
(University of Arizona Phoenix Press, 1992)
, Once More with Feeling
(Vagabond Press, 1990)
Alaska Quarterly Review, Artful Dodge, Big Bridge, Invisible City, Jacket, Jacket2, Painted Bride Quarterly, Passages North, PN Review, Rattle, The Critical Flame, Translation Review, Your Impossible Voice
Summer With All Its Clothes Off
(Gravida, 2005)
Prizes Won: 
My Luxorius Opera Omnia (versions of the 6th century c.e. Latin epigrammist, published by Otis College) won the 2013 Northern California Book Award for poetry in translation.The manuscript for Mea Roma, a 130 poem selection of Martial was one of two finalists awarded honorable mention in the American Literary Translators Association 2018 Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation. 

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Epigrams by Martial

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Last updated: Mar 24, 2019