Levi, Louise Landes 1944-
LEVI, Louise Landes 1944-
PERSONAL: Born July 20, 1944, in New York, NY; daughter of N. H. Jr. (a textile merchant and historian) and Bethy (a homemaker; maiden name, Landes) Levi. Ethnicity: "Jewish." Education: Attended University of California, 1962-69; attended Mills College, 1969. Religion: Buddhist. Hobbies and other interests: "Global ecology, free Tibet."
CAREER: Supernova Press, Venice, Italy, translator, 1992—; Cool Grove Press, Brooklyn, NY, poetry translator and designer, 1993—; New York State Art Council, New York, NY, teacher, 1997. Music teacher and lecturer at Bard College, Naropa Institute, and Manhattan School of Music.
MEMBER: Dtog Chen Community, Italy.
Poems, Ambrosial Press (Wadala, Bombay, India), 1971.
(Translator) Reni Daugal, RASA (spirituality), New Directions (New York, NY), 1982.
The Water Mirror (poetry), 1983.
Departure (poetry), Gaus Buer, 1984.
Concerto (poetry), City Lights Press, 1988.
Chorya, Parto Dei Santi, 2000.
(Translator) Mira Bai, Sweet on My Lips: Love Poems, Cool Grove Press (Brooklyn, NY), 2003.
Translator of poetry by Henri Michaux and other writers.
SIDELIGHTS: Louise Landes Levi told CA: "I have been writing poetry since childhood. I grew up in a polylingual environment and knew three ancient languages by the time I went to the university. I was introduced to European and Oriental poetic translation and read widely in these areas.
"I went to India, learning rudimentary Sanskrit, Hindi, and Urdu while studying Indian music. From this passion my translations of Reni Daugal, Henri Michaux, and Mira Bai emerged.
"I devoted myself to the perfection, publication, and distribution of poetry in Amsterdam and later New York City, where I met my present publisher."*