Announcing the 2022 ALTA Virtual Travel Fellows

Top row (L to R): Jasmine Alexander-Greene; Soleil Davíd; Michele Bantz; Yana Ellis; Salma Harland;
Bottom row (L to R): Michelle Mirabella; Nidhi Singh; Suzana Vuljevic (photo credit: Kat Stevenson); Rebecca Weingart; Hongyu Jasmine Zhu (朱弘昱)

Each year, a number of $500 – $1,000 fellowships are awarded to emerging (unpublished or minimally published) translators to help them pay for hotel and travel expenses to the annual ALTA conference. This year, with ALTA programming held virtually from April through November 2022, ten Virtual Travel Fellows, including two Peter K. Jansen Fellows, were awarded $500 each. 2022 marks the seventh year of the Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fellowship, preferentially awarded to an emerging translator of color or a translator working from an underrepresented diaspora or stateless language. 

This year’s winners were selected by judges Todd Portnowitz and Maureen Shaughnessy. Joyce Zonana was also a judge in the early stages. The 2022 ALTA Travel Fellowships are made possible thanks to the generous support of ALTA’s Past Presidents Council, the Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fund, and numerous individual donors, including translators and other devoted supporters of the craft and art of literary translation.  

ALTA will celebrate this year’s Virtual Travel Fellows with a live virtual reading at 4:00pm PT (7:00pm ET) on September 20, 2022, hosted by ALTA Board Member Nancy Naomi Carlson. The reading is free and open to the public; registration is required at this link.

Congratulations to these exceptional emerging translators, chosen from among many applicants!

Jasmine Alexander-Greene, 2022 Peter K. Jansen Memorial Virtual Travel Fellow (Russian)
Jasmine Alexander-Greene is a Russian-English translator. She enjoys tackling microfiction, nonfiction of all lengths, short stories, experimental fiction, and comics. Her work has appeared in The Arkansas International. She holds an MA in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies from Stanford University. Learn more about Jasmine here.

Soleil Davíd, 2022 Peter K. Jansen Memorial Virtual Travel Fellow (Filipino/Tagalog)
Soleil Davíd is a poet, writer, and translator from the Philippines. Her translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Two Lines and Ulirát: The Best Contemporary Stories in Translation from the Philippines. She has received support from PEN America, VONA, and Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference. She is a senior editor at The Margins. Learn more about Soleil here.

Michele Bantz, 2022 Virtual Travel Fellow (Spanish, Portuguese)
Michele Bantz is an ATA-certified translator of Spanish and Portuguese. She was awarded the 2021 Granum Foundation Translation Prize for her work-in-progress translation of O Fogo Será a Tua Casa by contemporary Portuguese novelist Nuno Camarneiro. She holds an MA in Translation (Spanish-English) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey and attended the Middlebury Portuguese Language School. Learn more about Michele here.

Yana Ellis, 2022 Virtual Travel Fellow (German, Bulgarian)
Yana Ellis is a Bulgarian-born freelance translator and Modern foreign languages teacher based in the UK. She holds an MA in Translation from the University of Bristol. She translates from German and Bulgarian into English and is drawn to narratives that explore issues of identity, immigration, and the representation of the ‘other’. Learn more about Yana here.

Salma Harland, 2022 Virtual Travel Fellow (Arabic, English)
Salma Harland is an Egyptian translator based in England. She is passionate about translating key texts from pre-Nahda and (post)modern Arabic poetry that have been forgotten or understated in English. Her translations have appeared in the British National Centre for Writing’s Emerging Translators Anthology (2022) and in literary journals/magazines. Learn more about Salma here.

Michelle Mirabella, 2022 Virtual Travel Fellow (Spanish)
Michelle Mirabella is a Spanish to English translator whose work appears in The Arkansas International, World Literature Today, Latin American Literature Today, Firmament, and elsewhere. A finalist in Columbia Journal’s 2022 Spring Contest, she is an alumna of the Middlebury Institute and the Banff International Literary Translation Centre. Learn more about Michelle here.

Nidhi Singh, 2022 Virtual Travel Fellow (Hindi)
Nidhi Singh is a translator of Hindi poetry. She holds an MA in English from Delhi University and is currently a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship and her translation has appeared in World Literature Today. Learn more about Nidhi here.

Suzana Vuljevic, 2022 Virtual Travel Fellow (Albanian and Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian)
Suzana Vuljevic is a historian, writer, and translator who works from Albanian and Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian. Suzana holds a Ph.D. in History and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Her writing and translations have appeared in AGNI, Asymptote, Eurozine, Exchanges, and elsewhere. Learn more about Suzana here.

Rebecca Weingart, 2022 Virtual Travel Fellow (Yiddish)
Rebecca Weingart is a PhD student in comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis. Her translation of poems by Roshelle Weprinsky was supported by the Yiddish Book Center. She holds an MFA in creative writing and has work published in NonBinary Review, So It Goes, and Pakn Treger. Learn more about Rebecca here.

Hongyu Jasmine Zhu (朱弘昱), 2022 Virtual Travel Fellow (Chinese, English, Latin)
Hongyu Jasmine Zhu (朱弘昱) hails from Chengdu, China, and is a high school student at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. She grows up surrounded by the beautiful, messy sounds of her mother tongue. In 2022 spring, she adapted her English translation of Sanmao(三毛)’s short story “吹兵” into an 8-minute monologue, and performed it at her high school’s annual Declamation. Learn more about Hongyu Jasmine here.

The following applicants are here honorably mentioned as this year’s Virtual Travel Fellowship finalists:
Thomas Mira y Lopez
Allana Noyes
Grace Sewell

Congratulations to this year’s Virtual Travel Fellows!

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