Translation on Tap in NYC, Jan. 1 – 31, 2020

Happy new year! Like I just said, there’ll be some changes coming on this blog in 2020, but meanwhile here are some translation events I’d like you to know about. (OK, at the time of posting I’ve only heard about one, but more should be following.) And I wish every one of you a happy and healthy new year!

Here’s what’s on tap:

Tuesday, Jan. 7:

First Tuesdays: This month’s installment of this regular reading and open-mic series features translator Mark Weiss. More information here. Espresso 77, 35-57 77th St., Jackson Heights (Queens), 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8:

Poetry Reading by Laima Vincė – the Poems of Matilda Okinaitė: An evening honoring the memory of Litvak poet Matilda Olkinaitė with readings by translator Laima Vincė. More information here. Lithuanian Alliance of America/SLA, 307 West 30th Street, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan 16:

Jill!: The latest event in this new women+ in translation reading series will feature translators Mike Fu (Chinese), Nora Carr (Spanish), and Sharon Rhodes (Danish). More information here. Pen and Brush, 29 W. 22nd St., 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 18:

Another Way to Say: This installment of this translation-themed reading series features translators Elina Alter, Larissa Kyzer, and Aaron Robertson. More information here. Molasses Books, 770 Hart St., Brooklyn, 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 22:

The Drug of Art – Ivan Blatný at 100: This event will pay homage to Czech poet Ivan Blatný’s work by bringing together poets, translators, and scholars along with the publishers of the first bilingual edition of Blatný’s work, The Drug of Art. The evening, moderated by translator Alex Zucker, will feature readings of Blatný’s poems by poet-translators Anna Moschkovakis, Matvei Yankelevich, and Monica de la Torre, as well as talks by editor Veronika Tuckerová and Slavicist Jose Vergara. More information here. Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St., 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 25:

Us & Them: The Winter 2020 installment of this writer-translator reading series features Thierry Kehou (Francis Bebey, Cameroon), Paige Aniyah Morris (Kim Sehee, South Korea), K. B. Thors (Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir, Iceland), and Sughey Ramirez (Eucanaã Ferraz, Brazil). More information here. Molasses Books, 770 Hart St. (Brooklyn), 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 28:

The Criminal Child – Selected Essays by Jean Genet: Book launch featuring translators Charlotte Mandell and Jeffrey Zuckerman. More information here. McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, 7 p.m.

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