Ivar Ivask

(1927 - 1992 / Riga)

Biography of Ivar Ivask

Ivar Ivask poet

Ivar Vidrik Ivask (December 17, 1927 Riga – September 23, 1992 Fountainstown, Ireland) was an Estonian poet and literary scholar.

He escaped in 1944 from Estonia to Germany and lived from 1949 onwards in the USA and from 1991 in Ireland.
He worked as a professor of Modern Languages and Literatures in the University of Oklahoma, writing mainly on Spanish language literature.

From 1967 to 1991 he was the editor-in-chief of the international literary quarterly World Literature Today (formerly Books Abroad) and directed its two affiliated biennial literary programs, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (1970- ) and the Puterbaugh Conferences on Writers of the French-Speaking and Hispanic World (1968- ), later known as Puterbaugh Conference on World Literature.

He was married to Latvian poet and translator Astrid Ivask.

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Second Oklahoma Elegy

Now that is an unusual point of view.
What do you do for a living? I edit
a literary journal, global in scope.
In New York or San Francisco, I assume?
No, in Norman, Oklahoma. But surely
your accent is not Oklahoman! What is it?
Estonian. Really, Estonian? Well,
my father was; my mother was Latvian,
with German the language of home.

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