Author Joseph Avski, Translator Mark David McGraw, & Publisher Michael Davidson

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Listen to the Interview.

François Pointeau, your host, is excited to have three people who are an absolute integral part of bringing a foreign book into your hands: the author, the translator, and the publisher. This should be a fun and informative hour.

We will talk about the book Heart of Scorpio, published by Tiny Toe Press.

Author Joseph Avski:

Born in 1980 in Medellín, Colombia, Joseph Avski graduated with a degree in Physics from the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia) and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Texas at El Paso. He has published poetry and short stories in Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Spain, Mexico, and the USA; and has won short story contests in Colombia, Uruguay, and the USA. In 2009, he won the IX annual National Novel Award from the Medellín Chamber of Commerce with his opera prima El corazón del escorpión (Heart of Scorpio). In 2010, he was the finalist in the XII Novel Biennial “José Eustasio Rivera” with his novel El libro de los infiernos (The Book of Infernos). He is currently earning his Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Texas A&M University.

Translator Mark David McGraw:

After a twenty-year career as a Marine Corps infantry officer that included service in thirty-five countries, Mark David McGraw entered the doctoral program in Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University in 2009. He has translated poetry, academic articles and literary works from Spanish to English for anthologies, journals and magazines. He currently resides in College Station, Texas with his family.

Publisher Michael Davidson:

Michael Davidson was born in Miami to a Colombian woman and an Anglo man. He has pieces of himself scattered across the internet and his nail clippings float in some oceans. In 2011 he started Tiny TOE Press and became an independent publisher of handpressed books.