Translationista Has a New Look

I don’t know how the time’s passed so quickly, but this is already the fifth year I’ve been writing this blog. It seems like just yesterday I was setting it up and wondering how many weeks (days?) it would take for me to get tired of writing it. Apparently that hasn’t happened yet. But the blog itself was starting to get a bit tired-looking – it turns out that tastes in web design change almost as quickly as hemlines rise and fall. So I polled all my web-design-savvy friends for ideas as to what a modern blog should look like, and with their help and suggestions, this is what I came up with. Huge thanks to Timothy Schneider of Pixel Juice Productions for translating all my dreams into HTML and CSS. I hope you like.

Cutout portrait Brittany Powell version2

My new picture on the blog is a cut-out portrait by Brittany Powell, originally created to accompany an interview in Yeti 12. I’m grateful to Brittany for permission to reprint her work here. She’s got lots of great projects – check them out!

Also new this month is the little row of sponsored links down the right-hand edge of the blog – I’m now letting publishers who specialize in literature in translation advertise their new books here. I hope you discover some new authors you’ll love by way of these little square links.

And for those of you who’ve been reading this blog for the last several years, leaving comments and sending me notes about what you’ve read here, I can’t thank you enough. I’m proud to be a member of a vibrant community of literary translators both here in New York and around the globe, and I don’t think we’re going to run out of things to talk about any time soon.

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  1. Gary Winter says:


    Thanks for introducing me to the world of translation. Pre-Translationista Era I thought translation only meant looking up words in the dictionary. Now I am proud to say I am schooled in the Way of the Translator. Keep up the good work!


  2. I echo Gary’s sentiment. I’ve been a faithful (if silent) reader since I moved to NYC a few years ago. Your blog has been a wonderful resource for navigating the world of literary translation here in New York. Thanks!

  3. karo says:

    wow, new design is truly fabulous, as is the new profile picture, congrats on such successful metamorphosis! i am fairly new reader, just discovered your blog last autumn, but I adore it to bits, being a newbie-baby-translator myself. warm greetings from unesco city of literature, Kraków!

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