Susan Hawthorne

Susan Hawthorne is the author of seven collections of poetry including Cow (2011) and Valence (2011). She has translated poetry from Ancient Greek, Sanskrit and Vedic. Susan Hawthorne came to translation via poetry. Her translations have been published in literary journals (Sinister Wisdom, USA and Mascara) and books (Bird, 1999 and Cow, 2011). She studied Ancient Greek thirty years ago and six years ago began studying Sanskrit which in turn has taken her back to Greek. She goes along with Octavio Paz’s maxim that “translation is a literary activity” and while she is happy to produce literal translations for the purpose of understanding the meaning, her translation of poetry are intended to be literary. She has translated Sappho, Homer, Kalidasa and the poems from the Rg Veda, Ramayana and Mahabharata.