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Women in Translation in The Common

In honor of women in translation month, we at The Common have compiled this feature, highlighting the translated pieces from our pages that were written or translated by women.

 


In an online feature from June, Olga Livshin and Andrew Janco translate Vladimir Gandelsman’s poem, “Immigrant Ditty,” from the original Russian.

Our May poetry feature highlights Arabic poetry from Nadia Al-Katib and Nermeen Al Mufti, as well as translations by  Jennifer Jean.

Common Issue 17 cover with matches strewn on a pale green background

Three Torabully Translations by Nancy Naomi Carlson: Khal Torabully poetry translated from the original French.

Our Issue 17 translation portfolio, “Arabic Stories from Syria” featured translations by Alice Guthrie and Maia Tabet, as well as original fiction in translation from Colette Bahna and Shahla al-Ujayli. In addition to the Arabic fiction portfolio, Issue 17 includes Alfonsina Storni‘s poem “You Want Me Daybreak” translated from the original Spanish by Nicholas Friedman, and Ferreira Gullar’s poem “Two Plus Two: Four,” translated from Portugese by Tal Goldfajn.

 

The Common Issue 16 cover with a melting yellow popsicle on a bright blue backgroundIssue 16 includes translations by Jennifer Acker, Nicole Cecilia Delgado, María José Giménez, Joan M. Pabón Maxán, Hannah Cook, and Aurora Lauzardo Ugarte, plus work in translation from Ana María Fuster Lavín, Mara Pastor, Carmen Graciela Díaz, and Vanessa Vilches Norat as part of the special portfolio “De Puerto Rico: Un año después de la tormenta” (One year after the storm). In addition, Issue 16 features Polina Barskova‘s poem “After the War, in the West,” translated from the Russian by Valzhyna Mort.

Excerpt from The Occasional Virgin by Hanan Al-Shaykh, translated from the original Arabic by Catherine CobhamIssue 15 Cover

Issue 15’s special portfolio – Arabic Stories from Jordan – features translations by Elisabeth Jaquette, Thoraya El-Rayyes, Alice Guthrie, and Maia Tabet, as well as work in translation from Fairooz Tamimi, Jamila Amaireh, Majidah al-Outoum, and Haifa’ Abul-Nadi.

 

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Issue 13 features Maia Tabet’s translation of “Living in the Past” an excerpt from Sinan Antoon’s novel The Baghdad Eucharist, originally in Arabic.

Michelle Hartman translates an excerpt from Jana Fawaz Elhassan’s novel, The Ninety-Ninth Floor from the original Arabic.

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Issue 11’s Tajdeed portfolio includes Arabic fiction from Fatima Al-Mazrouei, Mona Merhi, Malika Moustadraf, Rasha Abbas, and  Basma Al-Nsour, as well as translations by Alice Guthrie, Elisabeth Jaquette, Maia Tabet, Thoraya El-Rayyes, Nashwa Gowanlock, Katharine Halls, Yasmeen Hanoosh, Nariman Youssef, Anna Ziajka, Fadwa Al Qasem, Ghada Mourad, and Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp.

 

The cover of The Common Issue 10, showing pen quills

 

Issue 10 features two poems by Sylvie Durbec, translated from the original French by Denis Hirson, as well as a portfolio of new Chinese poetry in translation that includes works from Tang Danhong and Zheng Min.

cover of The Common Issue 9, showing a crumpled piece of paper

 

Issue 09 includes Valzhyna Mort’s translation of Arseny Tarkovsky’s poem “I Went Sick as a Child,” originally in Russian.

The cover of The Common Issue 8, showing an ax

 

Issue 08 features poetry in translation by Sylvie Durbec, as well as translations of Polish poetry by Antonia Lloyd-Jones and Martha Cooley‘s translation from the Italian of Antioni Tabucchi’s short story, “Clouds.”

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In Issue 07, Mariya Gusev, along with Jeff Parker and Alina Ryabovolova, translates Zakhar Prilepin’s short story, “from SANKYA” from the original Russian.

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Issue 06 features translations from Arabic by Thoraya El-Rayyes, and from Russian by Catherine Ciepiela, and Anna Khasin, as well as Russian poetry in translation from Anna Glasova.

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Issue 02 features Jacquelyn Pope’s translation of the Dutch poet Hester Knibbe’sZijnstra Inc.” as well as Russian fiction in translation from Katia Kapovich and Spanish fiction translated by Teresa Villegas.

cover of Issue 1, showing a fork on a red background

 

Issue 01 includes poetry in translation from Yehudit Ben-Zvi Heller, and Marina Tsvetaeva as well as translations by Catherine Ciepiela.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Coloso” Chosen for 2019 Best Small Fictions Award Anthology

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Hugo Ríos Cordero’s story “Coloso” has been chosen to appear in Sonder Press’s 2019 award anthology The Best Small Fictions. The anthology, now in its fifth year, presents one hundred and forty-­six pristinely crafted pieces from an array of authors representing twenty­-six nations and six continents. It features micro fiction, flash fiction, haibun stories and prose poetry. Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: Collected Works says, “Brilliant, incendiary, incandescent, these tiny stories capture worlds both intimate and universal. Give this book to anyone who says flash fiction doesn’t go deep. This newest volume of Best Small Fictions demonstrates once and for all that flash fiction writers are the Ginger Rogers of the literary world, accomplishing all that novelists and short story writers do, only backwards and in high heels.”

Congrats to Hugo! Read “Coloso” here, or check out his other piece for The Common, “Tonight, the Wind,” from our Issue 16 portfolio of work about Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Browse more of The Common’s prize-winning pieces here

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The Common Receives Whiting Literary Magazine Prize

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The Common Receives a Whiting Literary Magazine Prize: The Largest National Prize for Nonprofit Literary Magazines, a Grant Award of $60,000


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magazine has been selected as the winner of the Whiting Foundation’s Literary Magazine Prize for medium-sized print magazines, the largest prize category. The Common will receive a total of $60,000 over three years. These funds will support The Common’s mission of featuring new and underrepresented artistic voices from around the world who deepen our individual and collective sense of place.

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Nina Sudhakar Begins New Role as Book Reviews Editor

The Common is excited to announce Nina Sudhakar as its new Book Reviews Editor. She has served as The Common’s Dispatches Editor since July 2018 and has been a submissions reader since September 2017. She will continue to edit dispatches as well as reviews.

Nina Sudhakar HeadshotNina Sudhakar is the author of the poetry chapbooks Matriarchetypes (winner of the 2017 Bird’s Thumb Poetry Chapbook Contest), and Embodiments (forthcoming from Sutra Press in summer 2019). Her work has appeared in, among other places, The OffingEcotone, and Midnight Breakfast, and been nominated for Best Small Fictions, Best of the Net, and Bettering American Poetry. A graduate of Amherst College (BA) and Georgetown University (JD/MSFS), she currently lives in Chicago.

On her new position, Sudhakar says, “Working for The Common over the past two years—as a prose reader and currently as Dispatches Editor—has been an absolute joy. I’m so excited to take on the role of Books Reviews Editor and continue helping our team bring exciting, thought-provoking and transporting work to our readers and the literary community.”

Browse Nina’s publications and learn more about her at www.ninasudhakar.com.

She can be reached at [email protected]

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The Common Magazine Named Finalist for CLMP Firecracker Award

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New York, NY (May 30, 2019)—The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), the national nonprofit organization that for more than 50 years has supported the essential work of literary publishers, has announced the finalists of its fifth annual FIRECRACKER AWARDS. Given to recognize the importance of independent literary publishing, the FIRECRACKER AWARDS honor the best self- and independently published books of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry and the best literary magazines in the categories of debut and general excellence.

Isabel MeyersThe Common Magazine Named Finalist for CLMP Firecracker Award
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The Common Magazine Receives $8,000 Amazon Literary Partnership Grant

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Amherst, MA— The Common magazine, the award-winning literary journal based at Amherst College, has been selected for a 2019 Amazon Literary Partnership grant. Since 2017, funding from the Amazon Literary Partnership has helped further The Common’s mission of publishing and promoting emerging and diverse authors who deepen our individual and collective sense of place.  

Since 2009, the Amazon Literary Partnership program has awarded more than $12 million in grants to more than 150 organizations, including the National Book Foundation, PEN America, and Poets & Writers amongst others. Through these grants, the Literary Partnership program helps to uplift and amplify marginalized voices in order to promote a more diverse literary community. In 2019, the Amazon Literary Partnership worked with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses to establish a new Literary Magazine Fund, and The Common is one of only 15 magazines awarded a grant from the Fund in its inaugural year. 

Isabel MeyersThe Common Magazine Receives $8,000 Amazon Literary Partnership Grant
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Author Postcard Auction 2018

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Don’t miss The Common’s annual author postcard auction! Bid for a chance to win a postcard from your favorite writer, handwritten for yourself or a person of your choice. Past years’ authors have gone above and beyond in creating their postcards, penning long letters or including drawings of recipients’ dogs.

Postcards will be written and mailed in time for the holidays! Makes a great gift – choose who the postcard goes to, and have it personalized for them.

Julia PikeAuthor Postcard Auction 2018
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The Common’s Issue 16 Events

 

Wistariahurst event

November 5, 5:30 pm
Community Reception & Meal
Wistariahurst Museum, 
Holyoke, MA
Reception 5:30 pm, Reading and Conversation 7 pm 

Join The Common for a Puerto Rican meal, and stay to hear writers and translators Ana Teresa Toro, Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón, María José Giménez, and María Luisa Arroyo Cruzado discuss their work in The Common‘s special portfolio: De Puerto Rico: Un año después de la tormenta/ From Puerto Rico: One Year after the Storm. Filmmaker Michelle Falcón will showcase her documentary film PROMESA, which tells the stories of people affected by Puerto Rico’s economic crisis. The independent short documentary examines the economic crisis in Puerto Rico, before Hurricane Maria, by exploring how its colonial relationship with the US has had both political and personal impact on the islanders. From this documentary, Reclaim Puerto Rico was created to help the Puerto Rican community overcome the Hurricane Maria devastation by awarding mini-grants to support entrepreneurship on the island. Donate to Reclaim Puerto Rico here.

Free and open to the public. Dinner provided.

238 Cabot Street, Holyoke MA

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Uncommon Literature: Reading at Frost Library

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Join the staff and interns of The Common for a celebration of uncommonly good literature! Come to hear readings from our most recent issue and enjoy wine and cheese in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.

Free and open to the public – students, parents, and local lit lovers all welcome!

Friday, October 26, 5 p.m.
CHI – Center for Humanistic Inquiry
Frost Library, 2nd Floor

Amherst College

[Preorder your copy of Issue 16 here.]

Emily EverettUncommon Literature: Reading at Frost Library
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