Art Beck


San Francisco, CA
California US

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 & Prizes

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)
A Treacherous Art (Translating Poetry) (Shearsman Books, 2023)
Angel Rain (Shanti Arts Publishing, 2022)
Etudes: a Rilke Recital (Shanti Arts Publishing, 2020)
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)
Simply to See (Poltroon Press, 1990)
Rilke (Elysian Fields, 1983)
The Insistent Island (Magra Books, 2019)
Epigrams (Magra Books, 2016)
Summer With All Its Clothes Off (Gravida, 2005)
Journals: ,
Artful Dodge
Big Bridge
Invisible City
Los Angeles Review of Books
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PN Review
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The Critical Flame
Translation Review
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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.

Etudes, A Rilke Recital was one of three finalists in the 2021 Northern California Book Awards for poetry in translation.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Epigrams by Martial, Die Sonette an Orpheus by Rilke

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Chicago, IL
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Last update: Sep 15, 2023