F256. Writing as Migration

Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Meaning thrives within the liminal linguistic space between words. For translators, this space is uniquely fraught. How do translators carry the scars of history, intersecting cultures and languages under their skin? What forms of resistance subsist and thrive within the art of translation? How do translators translate the untranslatable? What are the different ways and reasons translators might resist translation?


Nancy Au’s stories appear in FRiGG, Tahoma Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, The Pinch, Beloit Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and Forge Literary Magazine, among others. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University. She teaches creative writing at CSU Stanislaus.

May-lee Chai is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the translation from Chinese to English of the 1934 Autobiography of Ba Jin and the memoir Hapa Girl, a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University.

Ploi Pirapokin's work is featured in Tor.com, Apogee Journal, The Bellingham Review, and more. She has received grants and fellowships from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Radgale, the Anderson Center, Kundiman and others. She holds an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University.

Nayomi Munaweera's debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, won the 2013 Commonwealth Prize for Asia. The New York Times called it "incandescent." Her second novel, What Lies Between Us, drew comparisons to the voices of Michael Ondatjee and Jumpha Lahiri.

Achy Obejas is the author of the recent The Tower of the Antilles, as well as the critically acclaimed Ruins, Days of Awe, and Memory Mambo. She has translated Junot Díaz, Wendy Guerra, Rita Indiana, and others. She is the director of the MFA in translation program at Mills College. www.achyobejas.com


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside