Ashland University Professor to Present Reading from New Book

Ashland University Professor to Present Reading from New Book

9/14/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Jennifer Rathbun, professor of foreign languages at Ashland University, will hold a talk and reading from her newly released poetry translation on Monday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Schar College of Education’s Ronk Lecture Hall. The reading is free and open to the public.

Artepoética Press in New York has just released Dr. Rathbun’s ninth full-length poetry translation of La llama Inclinada/The Inclined Flame by Colombian author Carlos Satizábal.  Satizábal will join Dr. Rathbun and participate in the reading.

“It is quite an honor to have the Colombian poet visit campus,” Dr. Rathbun said. “The verses in the collection form part of a national Colombian healing and reconstruction after the last wave of narco violence that devastated the nation.”

In addition, Mexican poet Juan Armando Rojas Joo, the chief diversity officer at Ohio Wesleyan University who wrote a brief introduction to the book, will accompany Dr. Rathbun and Satizábal at the Oct. 15 event.

Satizábal is associate professor at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and the current director of its MA in Creative Writing program. He is a poet, actor and theater director, and considers himself to be an activist for peace in all of his endeavors. His poetry collection, La llama Inclinada won the National Prize for Unpublished Poetry in 2012. Additionally, Satizábal has been honored with the City of Bogotá Dramaturgy Award for Ellas y La Muerte: Sueño de Tres Poetas, the Ibero-American Prize for Dramatic Texts - CELCIT 40 years - for his essay Ensayo Del Eterno Retorno Femenino, and the Ibero-American Prize Pensar A Contracorriente for his essay Fragilidad y Lejanía. He works in the Colombian Theater Corporation in the Alternative Festival and Women in the Scene for Peace Festival, and with the Tramaluna Theater. He has published theater, poetry, chronicle and essays.

Rathbun said the book is available through online bookstores.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###