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Such a little — little boat | Celebrating Emily Dickinson

As part of the Nuits de la Poésie festival organised by the Maison des Étudiants Canadiens, the Fondation des États-Unis and Tango Girafe publishing house will celebrate Emily Dickinson’s work in the run-up to the festival opening on March 21st.

Tango Gireafe recently launched Le Vésuve à la Maison (Vesuvius at Home), a bilingual collection of 35 selected poems by the famous American poetess. Join us for a poetic journey encountering the mineral, volcanic geography and a Mediterranean garden in the form of a bilingual reading interwoven with musical interludes inspired by the theme and poems.

The evening will open with an interview of Françoise Élian, editor and translator of the collection, conducted by Maxime Poignand of the Maison des Etudiants Canadiens and member of the Nuits de la Poésie Committee. Poet Anna Ayanoglou will be joined by Fatima Cadet-Diaby, playwright, director, actress and FEU alumna for the bilingual reading. The music will be performed by Antoine Alieri, pianist.

Celebrating the work of Emily Dickinson, allowing ourselves to get on board and feel “lost in a little craft” to find echoes as far away as the Mediterranean


‘Twas such a little – little boat

That toddled down the bay !

‘Twas such a gallant – gallant sea

That beckoned it away!


‘Twas such a greedy, greedy wave

That licked it from the Coast –

Nor ever guessed the stately sails

My little craft was lost!

Practical Information

Date Tuesday, March 19 | Time 7:30pm | Facebook event

Free reservation

The Speakers

Anna Ayanoglou is a French poet born in 1985. After studying Russian literature and linguistics, she moved to Lithuania, then Estonia. Her first collection of poems, Le fil des traversées (Gallimard, 2019, Prix Apollinaire Découverte and Prix Révélation de Poésie de la SGDL in 2020) echoes this long Baltic sojourn. His second collection, Sensation du combat, appeared with the same publisher in 2022.Keeping a cautious distance from her native Paris, Anna Ayanoglou now resides in Brussels, where she builds up her poetic oeuvre and conceives the program “Et la poésie, alors?” on Radio Panik. The underlying aim of this monthly program devoted to world poetry is to present poems read in their original language, in addition to their French translation. Her new poetic work Appartenir will be published next March by Le Castor Astral.

Born in 1988, Françoise Élian is an author, translator, and editor. She published her first poetic novel, Sans titre pour l’instant, in March 2022, following an irrepressible artistic journey. She discovers the experience of poetry as connection to the world, and its restitution through a free and instinctive exploration of language. In 2021, she founded the poetry publishing house Tango Girafe, whose main aim is to transcend formats and offer “borderless” works. She continues her artistic journey with two translations : Paola Soto’s Sans-manteau (2023) and Emily Dickinson’s Le Vésuve à la Maison (2023), under the assumed name of Lucile Fiévet.

Originally from New York, Fatima Cadet-Diaby is a playwright, director, actress, and producer based in Paris.  She graduated from Mount Holyoke College where she studied Theatre Studies and specialized in musical theatre.  During her studies, she completed several internships at Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, The Musical Theatre Factory, truTV, Warner Media, and The New York Musical Theatre Festival.  Since moving to Paris, Fatima has completed a masters degree in Film Studies at University of Paris Diderot and then a second master’s degree in Film, Television, & Media Management at the University of Paris Pantheon Sorbonne.  In the summer of 2018, she decided to create Loline Stage & Film, a hybrid film/television production company and theatre company aimed at promoting diverse and eclectic narratives. In the past few years, she has produced two  new works festivals in Paris under the name, The Lemonade Short Play Festival.  She also produced and directed a production of the contemporary American play, “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall and the French adaption of the classical play, “Antigone” by Jean Anouilh with an all Black cast, all in France.  In addition to her theatrical efforts, Fatima has also dipped her toes in digital media.

Maxime Poignand is Franco-Belgo-Canadian and a resident of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. He arrived at the CiuP shortly after completing his studies at the Université de Montréal in scriptwriting and creative writing. He then came to Paris to concentrate on his theater studies. He has always loved film sets, which he had the privilege of being surrounded by since his childhood before working on film sets alongside his studies – in front of and behind the camera. He is also a Cultural Officer at the Maison des étudiants canadiens, organizing events such as concerts, exhibitions, screenings… He is the coordinator of the Nuits de la poésie festival committee.

The Musicians

Antoine Alerini is a pianist of Corsican origin living in Paris. Trained at the Marseille Conservatoire with Anne Marie Ghiradelli and Bruno Rigutto, he entered Brigitte Engerer’s class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he obtained a Diplôme d’Artiste Interprète. He continued his studies with Galina Iansova at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. His activities bring him into contact with a variety of artists, and he performs both the classical and contemporary repertoires. He currently teaches at the Conservatoire de Vitry-sur-Seine.

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