Don’t Miss the Gaudy Boy Reading with the Poetry Book Prize Finalists!

Three More Days to the Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize Finalists’ Reading! You’re invited to hear Krishan Mistry, Miguel Barretto Garcia, Kenneth Constance Loe, Jim Pascual Agustin, and Marco Yan read from their exciting manuscripts. The reading will take place this upcoming Sunday, September 18th, 10 am ET.

This reading kicks off the 10th season of the Second Saturdays Reading Series. The prize judge Yeow Kai Chai will introduce the readers and announce the prize-winner after the reading. Register for the Zoom link here.

If you’re interested in submitting to the annual Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize, this reading is a great opportunity to hear what they like and believe in publishing.

Bonus reading: At NTM, we’re proud to have published last year two excerpts from the groundbreaking anthology Ulirát: The Best Contemporary Stories in Translation from the Philippines published in March 2021 by Gaudy Boy, a press that is doing great work in promoting translations from Asian authors. Congratulations to all the winners!

Click here to read Fungi by Rogelio Braga translated from the Filipino by Kristine Ong Muslim
Click here to read The Savant by Januar E. Yap translated from the Cebuano by John Bengan


NTM 10-year Retrospective: 2019 “Say Wallahi,” an excerpt from Ubah Cristina Ali Farah’s “Il comandante del fiume” translated from the Italian by Hope Campbell Gustafson

In today’s retrospective, we’re excited to share the work of another 2019 PEN Heim Translation Grant winner, Hope Campbell Gustafson, for her impressive translation of the novel Il comandante del fiume by the award-winning author of Italian-Somali descent, Ubah Cristina Ali Farah.

This powerful novel is the coming-of-age story of the teenager Yabar, and it deals with war, colonialism, terrorism, racism, Islam, relationships, trauma, memory, as well as the movement and mixing of people and cultures and languages. And a street mural in London, with its haunting eyes of a young migrant, is the perfect accompaniment for the text.

This is a compelling read that we hope will transport you into a new world. Tell us what you think using @TranslateMonth and #TranslationMonth!

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

Click HERE to read Say Wallahi, an excerpt from Ubah Cristina Ali Farah’s Il comandante del fiume translated from the Italian by Hope Campbell Gustafson


NTM 10-year Retrospective: 2016 Dark Flower—Nadia Anjuman Translated by Diana Arterian

Today, we’re taking a look back at one of the most powerful women voices from Afghanistan: selections from the brilliant and tragic Dark Flower by Nadia Anjuman, translated by Diana Arterian with Marina Omar we published in NTM 2016.

Nadia Anjuman was a rising poetry star who attended Herat University and published Dark Flower in 2005. Her book was read widely not only in Afghanistan, but also in Iran, Pakistan, and beyond, and gave a voice to millions of oppressed women trapped in fundamentalist societies. In November 2005, Anjuman’s husband beat her and Anjuman ultimately died from the injuries at her head. In 2007, Anjuman’s complete works were published in the original Persian-Dari by the Iranian Burnt Books Foundation. Dark Flower has been reprinted three times and sold over three thousand copies.

CLICK HERE TO READ Dark Flower—Nadia Anjuman Translated by Diana Arterian

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman


National Translation Month reading at Multicultural Festival in Rutherford, NJ

Zorida Mohammed, Anton Yakovlev, and Claudia Serea

We had so much fun at the poetry reading at the NTM Celebration at Multicultural Festival on Friday, September 9! Zorida Mohammed, Anton Yakovlev, and Claudia Serea read translations from Urdu, Russian, and Romanian. Many thanks to the Rutherford Civil Rights Commission for making this reading happen.

And, if you’d like to see more of Anton Yakovlev translations of Sergei Esenin, check out this post, one of our most popular from 2016: CLICK HERE TO READ “Of merry thieves and desperate rascals”: Esenin translated from the Russian by Anton Yakovlev

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman


NTM 10-year Retrospective: 2013, The Beginning

Here is a look back at the time when NTM got started on the PCCC Writing Center blog in February 2013: a group of ghazals by Persian poet and mystic Hafez translated by the accomplished poet and academic Roger Sedarat. This was our 2nd post from February 2013, and one of our most popular ever, so we carried it through the archives when we moved to our current web site in 2014.

We’d love to hear what you think! Find us on twitter @TranslateMonth, share using #TranslationMonth, join our mailing list, submit a translation month event, or like our Facebook page. We hope you’ll join us and celebrate your favorite poems in translation throughout September.

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

Click here to read the ghazals by Persian poet and mystic Hafez translated by Roger Sedarat.