This month’s edition of The Bridge Series is entitled “Translation in Bloom” and features (mostly MFA) students from three local schools – and Translationista is very proud that three of those selected are MFA candidates at Columbia University, and that three of those selected (not the same three) are translators who’ve passed through her workshops at some point or another. Apologies for bragging, it’s hard for teachers to not do that. See May 18 below.
Here’s my translation event listings for the week of May 12 -18 in the greater NYC area:
Tuesday, May 13:
Two years ago I published a new translation of Robert Walser’s most famous novella The Walk, a revision of the 1955 translation by Christopher Middleton (with Middleton’s blessing – I revised his translation in accordance with Walser’s own later revisions to the original story), and now I’ve been asked to introduce a beautiful 50 minute film based on the novella by Siobhan Davies and David Hinton, in NYU’s Colloquium for Unpopular Culture Series, 721 Broadway (at Waverly Place), Rm. 674, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14:
Translators Stacey Knecht and Alex Zucker discuss the art of translation and Knecht’s new translation of Harlequin’s Millions by Bohumil Hrabal, hosted by Archipelago Books. Word Bookstore, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, 7:00 p.m.
Also Wednesday, May 14:
“The Persian Cycle,” Niloufar Talebi presents poems and translations from her libretto-in-progress, with Cree Carrico (soprano) Sarah Heltzel (mezzo soprano) and Mila Henry (pianist). FERUS Festival curated by VisionIntoArt at the Stone Residency, The Stone, corner of Avenue C and 2nd Ave, 10 p.m. ($15)
Bridge Series, “Translation in Bloom,” a translation medley featuring Yves Cloarec (French) MFA, Creative Writing and Literary Translation, Queens College; Rebecca Deng (Italian) BA, Classics and Ancient Studies, Barnard College; and Tenzin Dickyi (Tibetan), Kimi Traube (Spanish) and Rose Waldman (Yiddish) from the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University. See the official listing for more details. McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St., 7:00 p.m.
Also Sunday, May 18:
Poet/translator Richard Jeffrey Newman will be the featured reader in the Open Mike series at the Queens Library. He’ll be reading his own poems and translations from the Persian. Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica (Queens), 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.