Transnational poet Fiona Sze-Lorrain hosts Westminster reading
Poets who double as citizens of the world are few and far between. Fiona Sze-Lorrain is the real deal.
With family all over the world due to political unrest, Sze-Lorrain has lived in Singapore, England and now Paris. She speaks and translates Chinese, French and English. Plus, she’s co-editor at Cerise Press and co-director of one of the most prestigious publishing houses in Paris. So when she opens her mouth to recite poetry, you can rest assured you’re in capable hands.
On Friday, April 20, she’ll be at Westminster College to oversee the launch of this year’s edition of Ellipsis, the literature and art journal published every April by Westminster’s best student versemongers.
Her own work, documented in the 2007 and 2009 collections of Silhouette/Shadow and Water the Moon, respectively, demonstrate a dizzying array of cultural references, including Confucian wisdom, Chopin, Van Gogh, Many Ray and Edith Piaf.
An accomplished zither player, she also harbors doubts about the Internet. "You cannot perform more than what a reader can absorb," she told Luna Park Review in a 2010 interview. "I would like to emphasize that the Internet has its limits as a means."