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[VIRTUAL] Winter WiT: Women in Translation Reading Series

The words, "Winter Wit: Women in Translation Reading Series," in front of a stack of books.

Did you know that women’s voices make up less than one-third of the work translated from other languages into English? PEN America’s commitment to support women’s voices in translation builds on efforts by blogger Meytal Radzinski, whose mission is to raise awareness of translated literature by women, queer, and nonbinary authors, as well as to promote gender and cultural diversity in literary publishing. This winter, our two-part virtual reading series will gather voices from across time zones for an international celebration!

Organized under the support of the PEN America Translation Committee, these events will bring together a total of nine translators, joined by their authors, working in nine languages from across the world, including Bulgarian, Canadian French, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Latgalian, Romanian, Spanish, and Ukrainian. The reading will be followed by a brief Q&A discussion, time-permitting. We hope you’ll join us for these one-of-a-kind bilingual readings!

The virtual Winter WiT: Women in Translation Reading Series will take place on February 28, 2022 and March 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm ET. The conversations will be moderated by Nancy Naomi Carlson, Marguerite Feitlowitz, and Katherine E. Young.

Event Series Schedule

Monday, February 28, 2022 | 1:00-3:00 PM ET

Olena Jennings (translator) and Iryna Shuvalova (Ukrainian)
Samantha Schnee (translator) and Carmen Boullosa (Spanish)
Marcela Sulak (translator) and Sharron Hass (Hebrew)
Jayde Will (translator) and Ligija Purinaša (Latgalian)

Moderated by: Katherine E. Young

Learn more about the panelists here.


Wednesday, March 9, 2022 | 1:00-3:00 PM ET

Hannah Allen (translator) and Salome Assor (Canadian French)
Silja Aronpuro (translator) and Mari Ahokoivu (Finnish)
Genia Blum (translator) and Puneh Ansari (German)
Sean Cotter (translator) and Magda Cârneci (Romanian)
Ekaterina Petrova (translator) and Iana Boukova (Bulgarian)

Moderated by: Nancy Naomi Carlson and Marguerite Feitlowitz

Learn more about the panelists here.



Nancy Naomi Carlson headshotNancy Naomi Carlson, twice a National Endowment for the Arts literature translation grant recipient, has published 11 titles (seven translated). An Infusion of Violets (Seagull Books, 2019) was called “new and noteworthy” by The New York Times. Her translation of Khal Torabully’s Cargo Hold of Stars: Coolitude was published in February by Seagull Books.

Marguerite Feitlowitz headshotMarguerite Feitlowitz translates poetry, prose, and theatre from French and Spanish. Her translation of Night by Chilean poet Ennio Moltedo, is supported by an NEA Fellowship, and forthcoming from World Poetry Books. The author of A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture, she teaches at Bennington College.

Katherine E Young headshotKatherine E. Young is the author of Woman Drinking Absinthe and Day of the Border Guards. She has translated Anna Starobinets’ memoir Look at Him, fiction by Akram Aylisli, and numerous Russophone poets. Young, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellow, served as the inaugural poet laureate for Arlington, Virginia.