Patricia Hartland

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Translating to Cross an Ancient Divide

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Translation Talks with Megan McDowell

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We interviewed Megan McDowell about her translation of Diego Zúñiga's Camanchaca (Coffee House Press, 2017) Continue Reading

Déjenme que te cuente


Olaya Barr on beingness, of-and-between language[s]. Continue Reading

Written in the Dark: Five Poets in the Siege of Leningrad

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Alex Niemi reviews Ugly Duckling Presse's latest collection of Russian poetry in translation, edited by Polina Barskova.  Continue Reading

THE ROU OF FRIE: una historia de traducción / the story of this translation

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 Victoria Cóccaro and Rebekah Smith, the co-translators of Pablo Katchadjian's the rou of alch (UDP, 2016), offer us a dazzling glimpse into their call-and-response process through language. Bilingüe/Bilingual Continue Reading

Abdelilah Hamdouchi’s Novel, "Whitefly"

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 Gretchen McCullough reviews Jonathon Smolin's translation, published by Hoopoe Imprint (2016) Continue Reading

New episode of Translation Talks!

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Words that Build the Soul


What follows are the scripts of five episodes aired on the Dizionario segment of the radio program Fahrenheit in spring 2009, contributed to Exchanges by Somali-Italian writer Christina Ubah Ali Farah, and translated from the Italian by Hope Campbell Gustafson. Continue Reading

Translator's Introduction: Writing Tsvetaeva into our American Canon


Writer and translator, Mary Jane White, offers us a thoughtful foray into her work and joy.  Continue Reading

Translation as Bridge to the Other: Trump’s Promise to the LGBTQ Community

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Bradley Warren Davis offers us an essential reflection on our world. His new translation of Benito Pastoriza Iyodo's 12 de junio appears here with the author's original, and consent. Continue Reading

Reflecting the Voice of an Iranian Woman Writer in Translation

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In this essay, Leila Sadegh Beigi analyzes the Franklin Lewis' translation of Cheragh-ha-ra Man Khamoosh Mikonam (Things We Left Unsaid), written by contemporary Iranian-Armenian woman writer, Zoya Pirzad. Continue Reading

Translation on the margins of possibility: encounters with satire


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From the Sketchpad: A Cultivated Readership


With the funding I received courtesy of the Japan Foundation IPS grant and CAPS, I was able to spend all of June and part of July in Tokyo attending readings and forums, speaking with translators, and furthering my own understanding of the sharp divides between the Japanese translation publishing market... Continue Reading

Untranslatability: Ravens and Tigers and Camels, Oh My!

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Current discussions about the discipline of Comparative Literature often consider the role of translation in the field and its relationship to the ongoing definition of a canon, or canons. Of foremost significance is what appears in translation; why does Vintage publish Suite Française, by Irène Némirovsky and translated by Sandra... Continue Reading

Solidarity, or What is Gained in Translation


For those translators and lovers of translation who are depressed by the rhetoric of loss and distortion that continues to characterize popular translation criticism in the West—a legacy of Romanticism with its cult of original genius—just take a look at Soviet rhetoric for something completely different. Continue Reading

Interview with Kevin M. F. Platt

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Exchanges Skyped with Kevin M. F. Platt, editor and translator of Hit Parade: The Orbita Group. We asked him about the innovative translation process that led to this beautiful publication with Ugly Duckling Presse. Here's a transcript of the conversation: Continue Reading

“The First Gathering,” or A Music Composed of Voices

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Sor Juana & Other Monsters

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Announcing Undercurrents!


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On the Trail of a Vanished Poet


written by Dr. Merle Bachman--poet, translator, professor, and much more... Continue Reading

Exchanges featured on The Pigeonhole!

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Found in Translation

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Amber Brian and The Native Archive

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In the first of the 2016 Spring Translation Talks hosted by Iowa's Translation Workshop, Amber Brian drew us into the captivating world of a centuries-old manuscript and the thorny questions of history and representation. Brian opened her talk with a gripping, novel-esque anecdote of how the 17th Century manuscript, a... Continue Reading

Call for Submissions: Spring '16 Issue


In conjunction with the University of Iowa's Just Living initiative, we’ll be dedicating our pages to those voices working to subvert and challenge oppressive systems, and we want translations that do justice to their words. We would especially like to hear from those that have been deliberately absented from the... Continue Reading

The Uneasy Metamorphoses of Machine Translation


In this essay, Tegan Raleigh offers a toe-dip into the mote dividing machine and human translation. And here is a reaffirming ebook, 10 Poems Ruthlessly Mangled By Google Translate. Continue Reading

From the Sketchpad: Translating Billy Collins with Juan J. Almagro


For me, translation has been a journey of unexpected discovery. It was never something I intended to do, but a dear friend suggested that we co-translate a book of poems. On one of the last pages I wrote a couple of lines thanking him for showing me the generosity of... Continue Reading

Toward a surprisingly similar yet different form of Imagination

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In this essay Azita Ghahreman grapples with the poetry of translation, the poet-translator relationship, and the symbiosis of creative and critical word-crossings. Find her bio and a link to her work below. Continue Reading