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WILLIS BARNSTONE has numerous publications of poetry, books of literary criticism, and translations. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is the recipient of NEH and NEA awards. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1960, and has won numerous other awards and distinctions. He is currently a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. His appearance was co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Published works include the poetry books Poems of Exchange, From This White Island, Antijournal, A Day in the Country, New Faces of China, China Poems, Stickball on 88th Street, Overheard, A Snow Salmon Reached the Andes Lake, Ten Gospels and a Nightingale, The Alphabet of Night, Five A.M. in Beijing, Funny Ways of Staying Alive, The Secret Reader, Algebra of Night, and Life Watch; the critical books entitled Borges at Eight: Conversations, The Poetics of Ecstasy: from Sappho to Borges, and The Poetics of Translation: History, Theory, Practice; and the memoirs From Hawthorne's Gloom to a Whitewashed Island, With Borges on an Ordinary Evening in Buenos Aires, Sunday Morning in Fascist Spain, and We Jews and Blacks: Memoir with Poems.