(Free Workshop) The Art of Translation

with Andrea Jurjević, Miho Kinnas, Wendy Call

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August 13, 2023 | 1-Day Free Panel Discussion |



Literary translation requires close attention to language. What do you do when a word has no direct translation? How do you translate the ineffable parts of language, like idioms or connotations, while still being true to the author’s intent? These questions are often even more difficult in poetry, where details like rhythm and line breaks create additional challenges.

Despite these challenges, the work of translation is also rife with opportunities. Translators don’t just translate, they discover new ways of expressing oneself in languages both familiar and new.

Join us for a one-hour panel with instructors Miho Kinnas, Andrea Jurjevic, and Wendy Call, where we’ll discuss these and many other questions on the topic of good literary translation. 

We will meet on Sunday, August 13th, from 7 PM to 8 PM US Eastern Time. 

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About Andrea Jurjević

Andrea Jurjević is the author of two poetry collections: In Another Country, selected by Roberto Tejada for the 2022 Saturnalia Books Prize, as well as Small Crimes (Anhinga Press, 2017), selected by C. G. Hanzlicek for the 2015 Philip Levine Prize and by Elizabeth Hughey for the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year award. Her chapbook Nightcall (Willow Springs Editions, 2021) was selected for the ACME Poem Company Surrealist Poetry Series. Her book-length translations from Croatian include Mamasafari (Diálogos Press, 2018) and Dead Letter Office (The Word Works, 2020), which was shortlisted for the 2021 National Translation Award in Poetry.

Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Believer, TriQuarterly, The Missouri Review, Crazyhorse and The New Republic, among many others. She is the recipient of a Robinson Jeffers Tor Prize, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Hambidge Fellowship.

Andrea is a native of Rijeka, Croatia. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she teaches in the English department of Georgia State University. Follow Andrea on Twitter and Instagram @andrea_jurjevic

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About Miho Kinnas

Miho Kinnas, a 2019 & 2023 Pushcart Prize nominee, is a Japanese poet, author, and translator. In 2023, a poetry collaboration with E. Ethelbert Miller, We Eclipse into The Other Side, was published by Pinyon Publishing, Best American Poetry 2023 selected her poem, Three Shrimp Boats On The Horizon, initially published in Wet Cement Magazine. Her translation appeared in Tokyo Poetry Journal Vol. 12. She is the author of two poetry collections: Today, Fish Only and Move Over, Bird (Math Paper Press). Kinnas serves as Artist in Residence or conducts various haiku/poetry workshops at, including Pat Conroy Literary Center, Life-Long Learning, Heritage Library, Richland Library, Island Writers Network, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, local schools, and Shanghai Literary Festival. She teaches translation at Tender Leaf Translation (https://courses.tenderleavestranslation.com.) She holds an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the City University of Hong Kong.

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Wendy Call

About Wendy Call

Wendy Call has been writer in residence at two dozen institutions, including five national parks, four universities, two visual arts centers, and a historical archive, including at Everglades National Park, Harborview Medical Center, New College of Florida, Richard Hugo House, and Seattle University. She co-edited the widely used craft anthology Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide (Plume/Penguin) and wrote No Word for Welcome (University of Nebraska Press), winner of Grub Street’s 2011 National Book Prize for Nonfiction. She teaches creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. and on writers.com. Read her literary work at Guernica, Orion, Witness, and Yes! magazine, and her philosophy of teaching creative writing.

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