Translation Session during Multilingual Writing Lab (Rvk)

I’m very pleased to announce that this coming February, I’ll be facilitating a session during a multilingual, multicultural, multimedia writing lab that has been designed by Iceland-based Canadian poet Angela Rawlings. The workshop is co-sponsored by Borgarbókasafn (the Reykjavík Public Library), Söguhringur kvenna, Ós Pressan, and W.O.M.E.N.

Angela has designed and will be leading four sessions of this writing lab for cis and trans women of foreign origin. My own session will be focused on translation (although no special translation - or language - skills are necessary), specifically the process of translating collaboratively with an author who writes in a language that you, the translator, do not speak. I’ve worked like this once myself before, translating a poem from Polish in close collaboration with the poet, and it was a really fascinating and illuminating process.

Other sessions—including one on authorial identities and writing in a second language, and one in which participants' writing will be transformed into audio—will be facilitated by our fellow Ós Pressan members Elena Ilkova, Ewa Marcinek, and Randi W. Stebbins.

Bilingual Reading at ALTA41

I’m delighted to be taking part in the bilingual reading series at this year’s ALTA conference. I’ll be reading poetry by Kári Tulinius, both some of his experimental ‘4x4s’ which I published in Exchanges in 2017, as well as his poem “Oral Exam in Civic Engagement,” which appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of Cafe Review.

I’ll be the first reader during the 9th bilingual reading session, “Poetry Miscellany” on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM. I’ll be reading alongside a translator and author of poetry in American Sign Language, as well as translators from Portuguese, Romanian, Biblical Hebrew, and Polish.

Should be fun!