Trafika Europe – Four Takes was a great evening of works in translation from Danish, Czech, Bosnian and Armenian. In this, our first New York City event, four excellent literary translators presented and discussed their latest work, at Word Up Community Bookshop, in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.
KATRINE ØGAARD JENSEN is a Danish journalist, writer and translator. She is Editor-in-Chief of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, an Editor for the international literary journal Asymptote, and a judge for the prestigious Best Translated Book Award. She read and discuss her translations of poems by Theis Ørntoft, plus translations-in-progress of Hans Christian Anderson’s death poetry.
ALEX ZUCKER is Co-Chair of the PEN Translation Committee. He has translated novels by Czech authors Jáchym Topol, Miloslava Holubová, Petra Hůlová, and Patrik Ouředník. Love Letter in Cuneiform, his translation of Tomáš Zmeškal’s first novel, is forthcoming from Yale University Press in 2016. He read an excerpt from this exciting Czech writer.
JENNIFER ZOBLE is a writer, editor, educator, and literary translator. She translates literature from the Balkans and composes multilingual essays in text and sound. She is a founding editor of InTranslation, an online journal of international literature at The Brooklyn Rail, member of the PEN Translation Committee, and teaches writing at NYU. She read and discussed her current translation project, an autobiographical memoir by the acclaimed and colorful Bosnian author Miljenko Jergović.
MARINE PETROSSIAN is an Armenian poet and essayist, Laureate of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme // Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She lives in Yerevan, and is on a formal retreat in New York for one month as a grant recipient to translate her poems into English. She presented and discussed her own work as a poet and translator.
The evening was dedicated to helping Trafika Europe Radio get on the air. Thanks so much to the tireless volunteers who run Word Up. A wonderful donation of hot food from the Indian restaurant Spice Hut was enjoyed by all, and thanks are also due to Coogan’s Restaurant in Washington Heights. We raffled off two Coogan’s Gift Cards during the evening, to help raise money for the project.