harlequin creature is pleased to announce its first online publication, dedicated to the craft of translation.
every month we will publish original new works in poetry and prose, as well as critical reflections on the art of translation and its process. how does a translator select a work or language from which to translate? what kind of relationship do translators have with their authors?
of especial interest is work from traditionally underrepresented languages or regions. multimedia proposals and interviews are also welcome. ever wanted to accompany your translation with a GIF or audio recording? we’re open to your ideas.
please see submission guidelines via our submission form. we look forward to hearing from you, & thank you for sharing your work with hc!
please direct any questions to harlequincreature[at]gmail.com
~ elisa wouk almino & meghan forbes, co-editors
Image: José Leonilson. Here comes your man. 1989. Acrylic paint, colored pencil, and metal brooch with semiprecious stones on canvas. Photo: Elisa Wouk Almino
during a discussion at the end of our reading at berl’s brooklyn poetry shop on feb. 2nd, an audience member asked a really great question:
what are some good essays and other writings that offer reflections on the process of translation?
in turn, the panelists had some fabulous answers, compiled here as a “readings in translation syllabus.” happy reading, & please add your own suggestions in the comments!
recommended by Bonnie Chau
- Esther Allen and Susan Bernofsky, eds. In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means. Columbia University Press, 2013.
- Don Mee Choi. “Darkness—Translation—Migration.” Poetry Foundation, April 6, 2016.
- Jen Hofer. “Proximate Shadowing: Translation as Radical Transparency and Excess.” Poetry Foundation, April 30, 2016.
- John Keene. “Translating Poetry, Translating Blackness.” Poetry Foundation, April 28, 2016.
- Lucas de Lima. “Poetry Betrays Whiteness.” Poetry Foundation, April 12, 2016.
- “A Manifesto for Ultra Translation.” Antena.
- Joyelle McSweeney and Johannes Goransson. Deformation Zone. Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012.
- Cecilia Vicuña. “Language Is Migrant.” Poetry Foundation, April 18, 2016.
recommended by Elisa Wouk Almino
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recommended by Meghan Forbes