Rachel Edwards, Island Magazine
Island are seeking assistance from the public to assist them to sponsor a Burmese poet to attend the Reaching the World conference in Thailand later this year.

Island needs to raise $600 to bring Burma’s most influential living poet to Thailand from Burma for the conference where Zeyar will discuss translation of poetry.

His poem ‘Sling Bag’ was published in Island 128:Digitalism, in English.

Zeyar has written a series of poetry collections and he has translated, among others, Sylvia Plath, Wisława Szymborska, Donald Justice, John Ashbery and Charles Bernstein. He has also written a number of volumes on poetics.

Island’s Fiction editor Rachel Edwards will also participate in the conference, in discussions about the merits of literary prizes. She is a judge for the 2013 Tasmanian Literary Prizes.

Donations have begun to come in though Island is still seeking $500AUD which will cover Zeyar’s airfare, accommodation and a small daily stipend while he attends the conference between November 5-11 in Bangkok. http://apwriters.org/asia-pacific-writers-supports-s-e-a-write-festival/

To make a donation for Zeyar’s flight and accomodation call Rachel on 0409 344 679, or the Island office (we’re here on Fridays) on 6226 2325 or email us at island.magazine@utas.edu.au

Alternatively donations can be made directly to the Island bank account – Commonwealth bsb 067 102
Account number 00904029

Please email Island at island.magazine@utas.edu.au if you would like a receipt.