5th Biannual Graduate Student Translation Conference

5th Biannual Graduate Student Translation Conference 

May 8-9, 2015, University of Michigan
Keynote speaker: Sean Cotter

The University of Michigan Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop in Literary Translation is currently welcoming applications from graduate student translators to join us for the 5th Biannual Graduate Student Translation Conference, which will be held May 8-9, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This traveling conference was originally founded at ULCA in 2004, and has been hosted by the University of Iowa, Columbia University, as well as the University of Michigan. It is our hope that the 2015 convocation will reestablish this event.

As a gathering of emerging and experienced translators alike, the conference will be comprised of a series of workshops and roundtables that revolve around the multifaceted practice of literary translation. We are pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is the acclaimed translator and scholar Sean Cotter (Associate Professor, UT-Dallas), whose most recent translated poetry collection Wheel with a Single Spoke and Other Poems by Nichita Stănescu won Three Percent’s Best Translated Book Award for poetry in 2012.

We encourage graduate student translators working from any language and time period into English to apply for a place in one of the workshops, which will be organized thematically. To facilitate the opportunity for close readings and lively discussion, each group will be limited to six participants. All members will have their translations workshopped and will be expected to comment on the texts of the other workshop members. This small group setting will allow for reciprocity between translators, even if their proposed texts come from distinct traditions or languages.

To apply for a spot in the workshop, please submit 5-10 poems or 5-10 pages of prose, a scan of the original text, as well as a one-page statement about your motivations for translating the text and specific challenges it presents the translator. Please also attach a CV.

Questions and submissions can be emailed to: grad.translation.conference@gmail.com.

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified of the organizers’ decision by February 15.


About Erica Mena

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