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  • Poem in Your Pocket Day. Photo by andifansnet/Flickr. Adaption by Jen Rickard Blair.
    April 23, 2014 | WLT
     Photo by andifansnet/Flickr. Adaption by Jen Rickard Blair. Poem in your Pocket Day is tomorrow (April 24th), and you can celebrate by carrying your favorite poem with you and sharing it with others. In celebration of this day, we’ve asked a few poets to share one of their favorite poems with us. Lauren Camp Lauren Camp is the author of This Business of Wisdom (2010) a...
  • April 7, 2014 | WLT
    A cover feature on Argentine/Spanish writer Andrés Neuman, the 2014 Puterbaugh Fellow, plus highlights from the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival  and A special section on translation featuring Eric Abrahamsen, Lucas Klein, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Christi Merrill, and Michael Wood and A special section on eco-lit featuring Kris Saknussemm, Niyi Osundare, Maya Khosla, Wu Ming-yi, Liu Ka-shi...
  • March 25, 2014 | WLT
    The following four titles are new translations released this month and are ready to jump onboard your spring or summer reading lists.   Stories Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Rhett McNeil, tr. Dalkey Archive Press  This collection includes both the Brazilian author’s essay on world literature and ten stories available in English for...
  • March 25, 2014 | WLT
    The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is one of the world's largest awards for children's and young adult literature, and it is given annually to a single laureate or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters are eligible. This year's Jury Chairman, Larry Lempert, will announce the 2014 laureate at 1:00 pm CET (7:00 am CST), and the announcement will be follow...
  • Andres Neuman. Photo by Luis Angel.
    March 6, 2014 | WLT
    Photo by Luis Angel. Award-winning Argentinean-Spanish writer and translator Andrés Neuman will visit the University of Oklahoma as the marquee writer for the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature and Culture, which will be held March 26-28. Members of the public are invited to attend Neuman’s keynote talk, which will be held at 11 a.m. on March 28 in Meacham Auditorium. Neuman is...
  • March 5, 2014 | WLT
    We need your help! Our March 2013 cover featuring the photography of Phil Borges is competing among some very big mainstream magazines, but we're hopeful that—with your vote—we can win. Cast your vote by liking the photo of our March 2013 cover. Each "like" is a vote, so you only need to vote once! Thank you for supporting our nonprofit literary magazine and our mission to eleva...
  • December 4, 2013 | WLT
    Our official list of Pushcart nominees from the 2013 issues of WLT is complete, and we've published all the pieces online for your reading convenience. The Pushcart Prize annually honors the best poetry, short fiction, or essays published in small press magazines and book presses.  Poetry  Lauren Camp, “Letter to Baghdad” (January 2013)  Amjad Nasser, “A Postponed Poem for New Y...
  • Mia Couto
    November 1, 2013 | WLT
    Mia Couto, laureate of the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. NORMAN, OKLA., Nov. 1, 2013 – Mozambican author António Emílio Leite Couto (Mia Couto) has been chosen by a jury of nine international authors to receive the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. The $50,000 prize is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma, the Neustadt family, and World Literature Today...
  • October 8, 2013 | WLT
    In these new translations from Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, you can visit the publishing houses of fifteenth-century Venice, the early years of Brasília, and twenty-first-century Buenos Aires. Bound in Venice by Alessandro Marzo Magno Translated by Gregory Conti      Paradises by Iosi Havilio Translated by Beth Fowler   Free City by João Almino Translated by Rhett...
  • September 30, 2013 | WLT
    Photo zeze57/Flickr To celebrate International Translation Day, we’ve invited translations of the following quote—about translation—by Andrés Neuman, the 2009 Alfaguara Prize-winning author and 2014 Puterbaugh Fellow. You can read the essay in which this line appears on WLT’s blog. Thanks to WLT friends, we begin this project with translations into Assamese, French, German, Hin...
  • September 26, 2013 | WLT
    Two University of Oklahoma faculty from the College of International Studies will appear on OETA (COX 14) discussing the current crisis in the Middle East on Sunday, September 29, at 1 p.m. Joshua Landis, an expert on Syria and the Middle East, and Samer S. Shehata, an expert on Egypt and the Middle East, will discuss the region’s current crises and the possibility of political breakthroughs. Th...
  • September 16, 2013 | WLT
    A Conversation with Chuck Beard  With independent bookstores closing even in those cities where they typically thrive, opening a new bookstore is an act of bravery, perhaps even faith. When Chuck Beard founded East Side Story, he not only opened a new bookstore but also Nashville’s first bookstore dedicated exclusively to local authors. What was he thinking?  Chuck Beard inside...
  • July 16, 2013 | WLT
    NEWS RELEASEFor immediate release Allyse Sanchez303-839-1415, ext. 41Allyse@CohnMarketing.com Robert Con DavisExecutive Director, World Literature Today405-325-4531rcdavis@ou.edu     The 23rd Biennial Neustadt International Prize for Literature Nominees Announced Nine writers each select a nominee for the $50,000 award NORMAN, Okla. (Jul...
  • July 9, 2013 | WLT
    In June we offered a list of twelve summer reads, all translated titles. Today we add two more to the list, both stories of summer published this month. Phillippe Georget, Summertime and All the Cats Are Bored, tr. Steven Rendall (Europa Editions) http://www.europaeditions.com/book.php?Id=243    Pietro Grossi,  Enchantment, tr. Howard Curtis (Pushkin) http://pushkinpress.com/b...
  • June 18, 2013 | WLT
    NEWS RELEASEFor immediate release Allyse Sanchez 303-839-1415, ext. 41Allyse@CohnMarketing.com  Robert Con DavisExecutive Director, World Literature Today405-325-4531rcdavis@ou.edu   Nine-member jury panel of highly prestigious literary figures will select nominees...
  • June 11, 2013 | WLT
    What are you reading this summer? Here at WLT, we believe no reading list is complete without several translated titles. In these twelve new translations, you can travel from 1931 Naples to a future São Paulo; dwell in 1960s Morocco or hitchhike across Italy in 1984. From Istanbul to Cuba, from crime fiction to meditative verse, this list offers something for every reader who seeks to re...
  • May 21, 2013 | WLT
    In these May translations from Bulgarian, French, and Norwegian, you can see Marseilles through Jean-Claude Izzo’s eyes, witness a Swiss schoolteacher’s emotional crisis, watch Karl Ove Knausgaard’s life unfold in Stockholm, and take a Balkan road trip.  If you’re yearning to travel but unable to get away, these new translations may be the next best thing.  Garlic, Mint, & Sweet Basil: E...
  • May 8, 2013 | WLT
    Emily Johnson, Associate Professor of Russian in the University of Oklahoma’s Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, is a longtime contributing editor to World Literature Today. After seeing Essaydi’s photo-essay “Disrupting the Odalisque” in the March 2013 issue of WLT, Professor Johnson sent us the following questions, to which Ms. Essaydi...
  • April 17, 2013 | WLT
    Tomorrow is National Poem in Your Pocket Day, and we are providing a printable PDF of “Words” by Dana Gioia, and the download comes paired with the Spanish translation by José Emilio Pacheco. The poem was reprinted by permission of Ediciones el Tucan de Virginia in the September 2011 issue of WLT and can be read on the WLT website as well. Poets.org also has an enormous...
  • Eric Whitacre Ted Talk
    April 5, 2013 | WLT
    This Monday marks a week into poetry month and the opening of the 26th Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature and Culture. Continuing the poetry month celebration, we have a fun find that ties the two together—with music. In this TED talk, composer Eric Whitacre has created a “virtual choir” composition titled “Cloudburst” which is based on the poem by 1971 Puterbaugh Fellow Octavio Paz....
  • Chinua Achebe
    March 23, 2013 | WLT
    Photo by Angela Radulescu/Flickr   In tribute to Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, who passed away this Thursday at the age of 82, we’ve opened the vault to share these compelling and inspiring words by Gabriel Okara in his nominating statement for Chinua Achebe for the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Achebe was a candidate for the Neustadt Prize in 1994 and 2004, and was a memb...
  • February 12, 2013 | WLT
    Rights free potrait. Library of Congress. Join us in celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday by adding your translations of this short Lincoln quote in the comments of this blog post. Thanks to WLT friends and staff, we begin this project with translations from Hindi, French, German, Italian, and Japanese. We hope you’ll help us keep the project alive even after the birthday ends.   “Tho...
  • Helsinki
    January 30, 2013 | WLT
    Helsinki in winter. Photo Anthony Tison/Flickr If you’re like most of us, you’re interested in visiting cities all over the world but unable to do so, or at least do so as much as you’d like. In our new blog series, we invite you to travel through literature. We began last week in Oslo. In today’s post, we’re headed to Helsinki, home of the Kamppi Chapel of Silence, Art Meets Ice, and the 2013 I...
  • January 18, 2013 | WLT
    A bookshop in Norway. Photo readingoutloud/Flickr All of this happened while I was walking around starving in Christiania [Oslo]—that strange city no one escapes from until it has left its mark on him. . . .                                                 Hunger by Knut Hamsun, tr. Robert Bly   The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen, tr. Kenneth Steven (i...
  • PEN America
    January 16, 2013 | WLT
    Don’t miss this chance to submit to PEN’s awards for translated literature. PEN is still accepting submissions for the $3,000 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, the $3,000 PEN Translation Prize, and for PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2013. PEN invites you to submit for: The PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000) recognizes book-length transla...

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