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Brian Atkinson, by Glen D. Ross


Nela Rio


Elizabeth Gamble Miller


Jill Valéry


Joe Blades
Sustaining the Gaze: When Images Tremble/
Sosteniendo la mirada: cuando las imágenes tiemblan/ Soutenant le regard: quand les images tremblent

Photographs by Brian Atkinson, poems by Nela Rio
Translated by Elizabeth Gamble Miller (into English)
Translated by Jill Valéry (into French)
Introduction by Joe Blades


full size book cover

February 2004 / photo essay (4 duotone photos) + poetry (BISAC: PHO014000, POE011000, POE012000)
Trilingual: Spanish, English and French
64 pp / 5.5 x 7 / trade paper
Editions d’érable/Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 1-55391-028-1, $15.95

“Brian Atkinson’s photographic images in this book were taken in Guatemala’s Ixcan jungle between 1994 and 1997. Nela Rio’s poems were inspired by her translation of 1983 testimonials given by Guatemalan refugees.
“Las fotografías de Brian Atkinson incluídas en este libro han sido tomadas en la selva Ixcan, Guatemala, entre 1994 y 1997. Los poemas de Nela Rio fueron inspirados por la tradución que hizo en 1983 sobre los testimonios de refugiados guatemaltecos.
“Brian Atkinson a pris les images de ce livre dans la jungle Ixcan du Guatemala entre 1994 et 1997. La traduction que Nela Rio avait faite, en 1983, des témoignages de réfugiés guatémaltèques a inspiré ces poèmes.”
— Joe Blades

Brian Atkinson has worked as a professional photographer for the past 17 years. He has traveled to over 50 countries, but the nation that has captured his heart and imagination is Guatemala and the struggles of its Mayan people. Brian is a frequent contributor to Canadian Geographic, Equinox and The Globe and Mail. He has two books published: Fredericton (Nimbus, 2001) and Fantastic New Brunswick (Nimbus, 2003).

Nela Rio is an internationally-known Argentine-Canadian writer with several books published including Cuerpo amado/Beloved Body (Broken Jaw, 2002) and During Nights that Undress Other Nights/En las noches que desvisten otras noches (Broken Jaw 2003). Rio lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Elizabeth Gamble Miller, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX, translates Spanish poetry, fiction, fable, and essay; is on the board of Translation Review, and is a corresponding member of the Academia Salvadoreña de la Lengua. Her publications include 15 bilingual editions of authors from Spain, Mexico, Central, and South America.

Jill Valéry is a writer and translator living in Fredericton, NB. She has written extensively on French Canadian literature, and translates from English and Spanish. Her publications include an essay in the Longman Anthology of World Literature by Women (New York: Longman), and essays in The Globe and Mail. Her translation of poems written by Fred Cogswell recently appeared in ellipse magazine.

Joe Blades is an artist living in Fredericton, NB. He is the author of four books of poetry including casemate poems (Waterloo ON: Widows & Orphans, 2004), the editor of nine books and chapbooks, and the publisher of Broken Jaw Press. His artwork has appeared in exhibitions, videos and print publications across Canada and beyond.


Book Events
6 Feb 2004: Guatemala Noche Latina. Included a reading by Nela Rio (with Jill Peters reading in English, Karen Robert reading in French) plus photographs by Brian Atkinson from Sustaining the Gaze ... (Broken Jaw Press). Guatemalan Solidarity Network. @ Wilmot United Church, Fredericton NB

25 March 2004, 5-7 pm: Nela Rio, Jill Valéry & Joe Blades @ University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown PEI

13 April 2004, 7-10 pm: lecture – Nela Rio @ Gore Center, South College Av, University of Delaware, Newark DE, USA

18 April 2004: Nela Rio Literary Brunch with Fundación Cultural Iberoamericana/Ibero American Cultural Foundation, Washington DC, USA

1 June 2004, 10:45 am: Keynote speaker Nela Rio @ “Emigration, exile: towards a new hybrid identity”, joint panel with Canadian Association of Hispanists (ACH), the Canadian Association of Sociology (ACS) and the Canadian Association of Sociologists and Anthropologists of French Expression (ACSALF) @ Congress 2004 (Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

1 June 2004: book launch/reading by Nela Rio @ Congress 2004, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB

14 June 2004: contributing author Joe Blades interview & book signing @ “Storming the Stage”, Literary Press Group of Canada booth, BookExpo Canada, Toronto ON

19 June 2004: contributing author Joe Blades reading in English woth Amanda Quiché reading in Spanish @ Breaking the Silence Network meeting, Tatamagouche Centre, Tatamagouche NS

26 June 2004: reading by Nela Rio @ Cultural Expressions Festival, Fredericton NB

13-17 Oct 2004: Nela Rio @ Eastern Oregon University, La Grande OR, USA

25 Aug 2004 — Nela Rio @ the Latin American Potluck hosted by Immigrant Women’s Collective @ 535 Aberdeen St, Fredericton NB

27-30 Oct 2004: Nela Rio & Elizabeth Gamble Miller @ American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) 27th annual Conference, Alexis Park Resort, 374 East Harmon, Las Vegas, USA