Mihaela Moscaliuc, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of English and director of the graduate English program, was recently invited to participate as a guest writer at the 15th edition of the International Poetry Festival, Poesía en Paralelo Cero in Ecuador.
A bilingual collection of Moscaliuc’s poetry, Algunos Poemas Fugitvos, translated by Frances Simán, was launched at the Cultural Center Benjamin Carrión. She additionally participated in readings and panels held at different universities and colleges throughout Ecuador.
“The Ecuador trip was just an amazing experience. I connected with many poets and their work and hope to collaborate on translating some of their work into English … I felt fully enveloped in poetry and its magic, although I do not speak—though I understand some—Spanish,” said Moscaliuc.
As one of 50 poets attending the festival, Moscaliuc spent time with students from the Universidad de Otavalo and the Universidad Tecnica del Norte, while she read her work, and discussed the translation process of her poetry, at the Colegio Seneca, the Universidad Central de Ecuador, and the Cultural Center Benjamin Carrión.
This was Moscaliuc’s first time attending Poesía en Paralelo Cero, though she did previously participate in an international poetry festival in Nicaragua. This October, Moscaliuc spent time as a guest writer on an immersive literary trip to Ireland with Zafira Demiri, an undergraduate English student, and Dorothy Doyle ’23M, a student in the M.F.A. program.