In this installment, we’re happy to share a new selection of poems by Sylvie Kandé, an award-winning French poet and scholar, translated by the accomplished poet and translator Alexander Dickow, winner of the 2018 PEN/Heim Translation Grant. We loved the richness of language and imagery in these unforgettable poems, and we hope they’ll become your new favorites.
Speaking of favorites, our favorite thing to do in September is celebrate translations. There are thousands of ways to celebrate #NTM2019. We’ve developed this list of 30 ways to celebrate NTM to get you started, but we’re open to suggestions and encourage you to find your own way to celebrate. You don’t need our permission to celebrate, just as you don’t need anyone’s permission to celebrate Black History Month, or National Ice Cream Month in July.
We’d love to hear from you! If you think of a way to celebrate National Translation Month in 2018, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always open to any collaboration ideas. Find us on Twitter @TranslateMonth, tag us using #NTM2019 and #TranslateMonth2019, join our mailing list, submit a translation month event, or like our Facebook page. And, most importantly, celebrate your favorite authors in translation this September and all year round.
—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman