Copied below is all the information DW Gibson sent me about applying to participate in the Translation Lab that will be going on at the Ledig House this fall. As you can see below, the Translation Lab is a 10-day residency for four English language translators and the four authors that they’re working on. Which is an incredible opportunity. The deadline for applying is July 15th, so get on it!
Translation Lab, Fall 2013
Writers Omi at Ledig House, a part of Omi International Arts Center, has been awarded a grant from Amazon.com to fund Translation Lab 2013, a 10-day special, intensive residency for four collaborating writer-translator teams in the fall of 2013.
Writers Omi will host four English language translators at the Omi International Arts Center for 10 days. These translators will be invited along with the writers whose work is being translated. All text-based projects—fiction, nonfiction, theater, film, poetry, etc.—are eligible.
This focused residency will provide an integral stage of refinement, allowing translators to dialogue with the writers about text-specific questions. It will also serve as an essential community-builder for English-language translators who are working to increase the amount of international literature available to American readers.
The dates for Translation Lab 2013 are November 6-15, 2013. All residencies are fully funded, including airfare and local transport from New York City to the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY. Please note: accepted applicants must be available for the duration of the Translation Lab (November 6-15, 2013). Late arrivals and early departures are not possible. Please do not submit a proposal unless both parties involved (translator and writer) are available for all dates.
Writers Omi will be accepting proposals for participation until July 15, 2013.
Translators, writers, editors, or agents can submit proposals. Each proposal should be no more than three pages in length and provide the following information:
- Brief biographical sketches for the translator and writer associated with each project
- Publishing status for proposed projects (projects that do not yet have a publisher are still eligible)
- A description of the proposed project
- Contact information (physical address, email, and phone)
Proposals should be submitted only once availability for residency participation of the translator and writer has been confirmed. All proposals and inquiries should be sent directly to DW Gibson, director or Writers Omi at Ledig House at: dwgibson [at] artomi.org.
I was going to wait until our manifesto was available online (PEN said it’d be up by last Monday . . . maybe I’m missing something?), but I’ll just jump ahead and tell a quick story or two about this panel that took place last Thursday.
As part of PEN World Voice’s first “Working Day,” Anna Moschovakis of Ugly Duckling Presse, DW Gibson of Mischief + Mayhem, David-Dephy Gogibedashvili, Sergio Chejfec, Eugene Ostashevsky, Jon Fine from Amazon.com, and myself all got together to talk about the forthcoming/ongoing “publishing revolution.” Our conversation was expertly guided by Joshua Furst, who can’t be praised enough for mostly keeping us on track and helping create our manifesto.
Just to provide a bit of background, the “Working Day” panels were limited to only PEN Members and were designed to address a particular issue and issue a Manifesto/Plan of Action.
So, our charge was to write the manifesto for the publishing revolution. Which is as quixotic as it gets.
Nevertheless, the panel was really interesting and evolved into a conversation about
who owns the Internet the role of publishers now and in the future. I’m oversimplifying here (it was a fascinating, wide-ranging conversation that could’ve gone on for an additional 3 hours), but we ended up focusing on the role of the publisher as curator and as entity that helps connect readers with the right book out of the infinite number of books that will soon be available. (Very oversimplified.)
We talked a lot about the role of the Internet, not just as a conduit for distribution and publication, but as a place for developing communities of authors and readers. Richard Nash was quoted and alluded to.
What’s funny-awesome is that upon leaving, Sergio Chejfec (whose My Two Worlds is coming out in August) wandered over to the Housing Works Bookshop. He was browsing around, heard some guy talking to a woman about this book, this really cool book, this book he’s been carrying around all week, this book that she has to read, this book called My Two Worlds by Sergio Chejfec . . . Sergio walked over, introduced himself, and they ended up talking for a while. And to continue the series of circular circumstances, as it turns out, this reader is one of Josh Furst’s students . . . Such a nice ending to our mostly digital conversation. Something things happen in meatspace. Sometimes readers find writers in a totally coincidental fashion . . .
If you watch the RTWCS Ledig House event video that was posted yesterday, you’ll hear me try and introduce the wonderful, and ever mysterious, DW Gibson. DW is one of the most active people I know in the literary world, running Ledig House, scouting, writing novels, writing pirate books, helping run a publishing house . . . Already too exhausted to type more . . .
I’ll wager that most Americans cannot point to Belarus on a map, much less identify it as the only modern dictatorship in Europe. I hadn’t given the former Soviet nation much thought until I met Nataliya Kolyada and Nikolai Khalezin, co-founders of the Belarus Free Theatre, which has sold out venues around the world but must perform underground when at home. Productions are staged in private houses; invitations must be sent via cryptic text messages just hours before the play begins. No one is charged for tickets. The company’s work is verboten by Alexander Lukashenko’s administration, which insists on sanctioning all theater, regardless of whether it’s political or slapstick—or both. Several members of the Belarus Free Theatre have been imprisoned, threatened, or both.
Why the lack of international awareness of the political situation in Belarus? Kolyada says: “No oil. No gas. No mountains. Only ten million people.” The dark humor of her statement characterizes this issue of Wild Rag.
All of the pieces here are worth checking out: Artur Klinov’s photo-essay The Sun City of Dreams, Olga Zavadskaya’s Dmitry Zavadsky: A Typical Day in the Danger Zone, Sergei Zakonnikov’s Gennady Karpenko, As I Remember Him, Zinaida Gonchar’s Victor Gonchar: To Get Into a Car One Day and Drive Away, Aimlessly, and finally, Nikolai Khalezin’s play Thanksgiving Day.
OK, as I found out yesterday, this is the only other recording we have for this season’s RTWCS. Unfortunately—really effing unfortunately—we had some technical difficulties with the Barbara Epler & Susan Bernofsky Walser event (which was one of the best events EVER) and didn’t capture either the video or audio from the event . . .
Anyway, what you’ll find below is the first HD-quality video recording of a RTWCS event. It’s of the Ledig House reading which took place last Tuesday and featured four writers: Tom Burke (US), who used to work at Words Without Borders, and whose piece is really interesting; Perihan Mağden (Turkey), who tells an incredible, gripping story before her reading; Nir Baram (Israel), who was quite a trip, and who much prefers The Corrections to Freedom; and Susana García Iglesias (Mexico), the only visitor who got to experience the nightlife of Rochester . . .
Our next Reading the World Conversation Series event takes place tomorrow and features four international authors currently at the Ledig House, a wonderful residency program for international writers.
The event takes place at 6 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson room in University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees library. Totally free, totally open to the public, and totally entertaining. All the details can also be found on this Facebook event page.
And yes—we will record these readings and hopefully at some point Nate and/or E.J. will do that magic editing stuff so that I can link to them here . . . (Actually, we should be able to make all three RTWCS fall events available early next week.)
Here are the bios of the four people who will be reading and talking here tomorrow night:
Susana García Iglesias (Mexico, Fiction)
Born in Mexico City’s historic center, Susana a is the inaugural recipient of the Aura Estrada Prize, which she won for her fiction submission, Barracuda. It was praised by jury president Margo Glantz for “the enormous force and charisma of a risk-taking writing whose fury ignites like pyromania.” Susana has worked as a bartender and dog stylist; her interests include: mixology, photography, old cars, high speed, rock and roll, and literature.
Nir Baram (Israel, Fiction/Nonfiction)
Born in Jerusalem, Nir graduated with an MA in Literature from Tel-Aviv University. He has published four books, and was nominated for the Sapir Prize (The Israeli Booker award) in 2007. Nir won the Prime Minister Award for Hebrew literature in 2010. He serves as editor of the Classical World Wide Series in Am-Oved publishing house and writes for the Ha’aretz Newspaper.
Perihan Mağden (Turkey, Fiction)
Perihan was born in Istanbul. She majored in psychology and traveled extensively in Asia. She published first novel, Messenger Boy Murders, in 1991. Perihan recently left her post writing a regular column for over 12 years. She has five novels that have been translated to twelve languages.
Tom Burke (US, Fiction)
Born in Chicago, Thomas is now the Program Manager of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College. In the past he served as Director of Summer Literary Seminars in Kenya, Assistant Director of SLS in Russia, and as the Event and Promotions Manager at Words without Borders, an online magazine of international literature in translation. He received an MFA from UMASS Amherst and his work has appeared in Tin House and The Brooklyn Rail, among other publications, and is forthcoming in the St. Petersburg Review and the Collagist.
So if you’re in the area, you should definitely come out—this is always one of the best RTWCS events . . .
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