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William O'Daly

A resident of the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California, William O’Daly is a poet, translator, and fiction writer. His published works include eight books of translations of the late and posthumous poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, and a chapbook of his own poems, The Whale in the Web. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he has worked as a literary and technical editor, a college professor, and an instructional designer; his poems, translations, essays, and reviews have been published in a wide range of magazines and anthologies. He is a board member of Poets Against War and a co-founder of Copper Canyon Press. With co-author Han-ping Chin, he wrote an historical novel, This Earthly Life, based on the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Photo credit: Jill Engel-Cox.

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Finalist for 2006 Quill Award in Poetry for Still Another Day  

Copper Canyon "Poet’s Café" with Lois P. Jones, KPFK Radio, Los Angeles. This interview features readings from The Hands of Day and World’s End, and takes a personal, conversational approach to the subject of the recent completion of the Late and Posthumous Pablo Neruda Series, published by Copper Canyon Press.


Special One-Hour “Bibliocracy” Interview with Andrew TonkavichKPFK Radio, Los Angeles. This interview features readings from World’s End and discussion of the book; discussion of a two-part essay published in 2006, titled “A Winter’s Sun: Writing Against Torture” and a reading and discussion of Mr. O’Daly’s own poetry, in particular the widely published poem “To the Forty-third President of the United States of America.”


 “On the Corner,” with Bryan Sanders, World Wide Radio, BlogTalk. Interview focuses on the publication of World’s End and the culmination of the decades-long series. This show was BlogTalk’s “Featured Episode” for March 2009.


“Insight,” with Jeffrey CallisonKXJZ Radio, Sacramento. Interview focuses on World’s End, translation and poetry, and to some extent on the politics of Neruda.


“Translated By” hosted by Shaindel Beers. In the premier program of “Translated By,” Ms. Beers interviews Fady Joudah, translator of Mahmoud Darwish’s The Butterfly’s Burden, and Mr. O’Daly. The poet-translators discuss a variety of subjects, from the art of translation to the poetics and social forces that gave rise to the original work and the translations.


“The Moe Green Poetry Hour” hosted By Rafael F.J. Alvarado and Shaindel Beers. With editor-translator Niloufar Talebi, they discuss recent projects against the backdrop of literature and societal and personal forces that shaped the original poetry.


A video interview conducted by Mr. Leonard, NBC News feature correspondent, with William O’Daly, at The Quill Book Awards ceremony and various other New York City locations, taped on October 10 and 11, 2006; originally broadcast on October 26, 2006.


The Poetry Show: An Interview with William O’Daly (1 hour). Host Dennis Morton, of KUSP Central Coast Public Radio, interviews O'Daly about the latest and final Pablo Neruda translations in his series and his own work. O'Daly reads excerpts from both, interwoven with conversation that ranges among a number of related topics. The show aired live on Sunday, 11/15, the night after a successful, well-attended reading-performance with Spanish classical guitarist Louis V. Johnson at Capitola Book Café, near Santa Cruz, CA.  Archived streaming audio is here:

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