Sonnet Mondal to perform at the Genoa International Poetry Festival, Italy, in 2023 - Songoti

Sonnet Mondal to perform at the Genoa International Poetry Festival, Italy, in 2023

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Sonnet Mondal, an eminent Indian-English poet, has been invited to read at the 2023 edition of the Genoa International Poetry Festival, which will take place from June 9 to June 19 in the city of Genoa, Italy. Sonnet’s first performance is scheduled for June 9 at Genoa's Doge's Palace. On June 12, he will join Danish poet Soren Ulrik Thomsen and Slovakian poet Martin Solotruk for a poetry and music concert at the Doge's Palace Museum.

This festival, known to be the largest and most established poetry festival in Italy, is held every year in Genoa. Adonis, Alvaro Mutis, Manuel Vasquez Montalban, Yusuf Komunyakaa, Mario Luzi, and many other poets and artists have also been featured at the festival over the years, in addition to Nobel Prize winners Czeslaw Milosz, Derek Walcott, John Coetzee, Gao Xingjian, and Wole Soyinka.

An author of several books of poetry, including his latest, ‘An Afternoon in My Mind’, Sonnet has read as an invited poet in over twenty countries, and his works have been widely published and translated into several languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Turkish, Slovak, Macedonian, French, Russian, Ukrainian, Slovenian, Hungarian, and Arabic.

This is Sonnet’s second visit to Italy. Before this, in 2019, he had read at the Voci Lontane Voci Sorelle Festival in Florence and the Vaghe Dell’Orsa Festival in Persaro. A selection of his poems translated into Italian by Laura Corraducci was recently published on World Poetry Day this year in Inverso Poesia magazine, Italy.

During the course of the 2023 Genoa International Poetry Festival, Sonnet’s poems, primarily from his books An Afternoon in My Mind and Karmic Chanting, will be presented in Italian translations alongside the original in English.

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