Links Round-up April 1

New Reading

1. “Fire Wind” by Peruvian poet Yván Yauri, translated by Nicholas Rattner and Marta del Pozo, out from Ugly Duckling
2. Tavern Books publishes Leonardo Sinisgalli, translated by W. S. Di Piero
3. Check out Spring Breeze by Hubert Haddad, trans. by Louise Rogers Lalaurie at The Guardian:
4. New Words Without Borders out! Writing from Quebec:
5. Is “Poisson d’Avril” one of the “real recipes from the imagined island” of Tre-Mang? A faux-translation cookbook!

Reviews, Interviews and Articles

1. Geoff Wisner revisits Mahfouz’s “Adrift on the Nile” at WWB
2. Megan McDowell interviews Alejandro Zambra, whose “Private Life of Trees” she translated
3. Translators offer recommendations on reviewing translations, at Words Without Borders
4. The insightful Michael Silverblatt interviews Carlos Fuentes on “Bookworm” (in two parts)
5. New Reading the World Podcast featuring Martha Collins:
6. Daniel Hahn, translator from Portuguese and Spanish, interviewed on Poeboes podcast
7. Funeral for a Dog by Thomas Pletzinger trans. Ross Benjamin at NYT: Also, read about the actual trans:
8. “Who Would Dare?” from Bolaño’s Between Parentheses (trans. Wimmer), at NYReview blog
9. The Nation considers the work of Juan José Saer
10. Read reviews of the 5 poetry finalists for the Best Translated Book Award at Three Percent
11. As background to the Big Read of Perec’s Life A User’s Manual, Scott Esposito lists essential Oulipo works in English


1. Check out the new magazine Rowboat: Poetry in Translation. And submit!
2. Apply by Friday 4/1 for Summer Translation Institute (Japanese, Russian, Arabic) at Western Michigan U.
3. The University of New Orleans offers a workshop in literary translation, this summer in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2-29


1. Christian Hawkey and Susan Bernofsky discuss translation, tonight at NYU Deutsches Haus
2. Paolo Giordano, author of Strega Prize winning “Solitude of Prime Numbers,” Mon 4 April in NYC
3. Kjell Espmark, poet and Nobel committee member, reading/discussion c/o Marick Press next Thurs 4/7 in Grosse Pointe, MI
4. Thomas Teal, translator of Tove Jansson, next Fri 4/8 at Harvard Bookstore


1. “The world needs more good translations!”: a look at the new press Calypso Editions
2. Rick Gekoski, Man Booker International judge, describes the “damnable task” of coming up with the 13-author shortlist


About Erica Mena

Erica Mena is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and book artist. Pronouns: they/them.
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