C. LUKE SOUCY is a translator, poet, and vocal Minnesota native. Born gay and biracial, he began writing in ninth grade out of the foolhardy belief he could impress a boy with a string of acrostic sonnets. More recent efforts ranging from light verse to classical scholarship have appeared in Arion, Light, and on poets.org. His new verse translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses was released by the University of California Press in November.
Soucy is a 2019 graduate of Princeton University, where he concentrated in English and received the E. E. Cummings Society Prize of the Academy of American Poets. He counts among his many frivolous passions breakfast food, woollen scarves, and murder mysteries set on board trains. In addition to literary translation, Soucy has worked in the regional theater, in a chromatography lab, and as a jolly university bureaucrat. He now resides in Princeton, New Jersey, where he can usually be found squinting into the distance or walking back from the grocery store.
The Gnomes of Rome
Ovid's Golden Age
The Two Creations
PRESS AND PRAISE
An astonishing translation—Soucy’s sophisticated rhythms carry the force, violence, and beauty of Ovid’s immortal poem. Reading it, reading it out loud, I felt so palpably the vitality thrumming beneath the refinement of form.
author of A Hundred Lovers