The US initiative of National Translation Month (NTM) announces the celebration’s move from February to September. NTM will now celebrate translations every September starting in 2016 with the official social hashtag #TranslateMonth2016. The goal of National Translation Month (NTM) is to encourage readers worldwide to celebrate literary works in translation from a variety of international authors.
“We believe that, with the efforts of accomplished translators, the barriers in literary communication can be overcome to foster artistic unity across linguistic boundaries,” says Claudia Serea, co-founder of NTM. “By partnering with NTM, any organization can promote and encourage scholarship and appreciation of literary works in translation, ultimately growing the efforts of the international community of translators.”
NTM seeks to provide exposure to the translation community through various productions that will support established, as well as under-represented and emerging authors and translators. Through the creation of a network of literary organizations that advocate for translations, they reach new audiences and expand the readership of translated literary works. “With over two thousand followers and supporters and through our growing partnerships, we adamantly believe that NTM can become a worldwide celebration of international literature,” added Loren Kleinman, co-founder of NTM.
In the three years since its creation, NTM has featured original and previously unpublished works from acclaimed translators such as Penn State Professor and Fulbright Scholar Dr. Adam J. Sorkin, National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Literary Translation Fellow Alex Cigale, UT Dallas and PEN/Heim Translation Fund Winner Dr. Sean Cotter, and acclaimed translator of Latin American poetry Cola Franzen.
Among the writers published by National Translation Month are Karl Ove Knausgaard, Aimé Césaire, Osip Mandelshtam, the Persian poet Hafiz, Latin poet Martial, celebrated Latin American poets Juan Cameron and Blanca Castellon, and many more. The full list of
contributors is available here.
National Translation Month also formed strategic alliances with various magazines, reading series, and organizations such as PEN America. The list of partnerships is available here.
For more information or to participate in NTM 2016, visit the NTM website.