Thereza Christina Motta
Thereza Christina Motta was born in São Paulo in 1957. She is a poet, publisher, lawyer, and translator. She worked as chief researcher for the first Brazilian edition of the Guinness Book of Records. She published Sun Dial, Rice Paper, Tares & Wheat, Sands, Sabbath, Dawn, Chiaroscuro–Poems in the Dark, and Lilacs/Lilases, in a bilingual edition.
Motta has translated novels by Thomas H. Cook and poems by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, John Keats, W.B. Yeats, and Lord Byron. Among her unreleased books are Odysseus & Pandora’s Book, Spree, Pairs, Let’s, Shell to the Sea, Marco Polo & The Blue Princess, Columbus, Nothing but Football–A Team of Poems, and Walk in Beauty. She lives in Rio de Janeiro, where she also has organized poetry readings in bookstores and cafés since 1999. She took part in the II International Meeting of Women Writers in Rosario, Argentina, in August 2000.
Motta thinks it is easier for people to reach for their inner feelings and make room for openness and freedom of thought through poetry. “Poetry can release our better self. So can poetry also reach through translation.” As a publisher, she turns her attention to first books, stating that “a writer should have a good start.” Motta founded Ibis Libris in 2000 and has published contemporary Brazilian literature.
This is her third time at the CWA. Motta recently married Bryce Lloyd, a former CWA participant, whom she met at the Conference.