Translingual Philadelphia: A Reading by the Transversal Translation Collective

124, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Transversal is a translation collective formed during the pandemic to give translators in the Philadelphia area and across the world a virtual place to form connections, build accountability, and share work and resources. A diverse assemblage of language pairs, backgrounds, and abilities, Transversal has quickly become an important gathering space for many. Five translators from the collective will contextualize their work, share insights into translator solidarity, and give a bilingual reading.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Translingual_Philadelphia_Event_Outline.pdf



Liz Rose translates from Spanish and Portuguese and researches Black studies and transnational queer and trans social movements. Their work has appeared in VolumeRaspa Magazine, and The Poetry Project. Liz is a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania and cofounder of Transversal.

Hilah Kohen, a Transversal cofounder, translates from Juhuri and Russian to English. She coedited an issue of Words Without Borders featuring young writers across the post-Soviet space. A former news editor, Hilah researches language choice and internationalism. Find her in Gulf Coast and LARB.

Nicholas Glastonbury is a translator of Turkish and Kurdish literatures. His translation of Sema Kaygusuz's novel Every Fire You Tend received the TA First Translation Prize from the Society of Authors. He is a PhD candidate at CUNY Graduate Center and a coeditor of the e-zine Jadaliyya.

Meg Arenberg is a scholar and translator of Swahili literature who is based in Philadelphia. Her work has been published in PMLA, Research in African Literatures, East African Literary & Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Text, and Words Without Borders, and she has won recognition from the ACLA and ALTA.

Carlos José Pérez Sámano is a Mexican literary fiction author, teacher of creative writing workshops in Mexico, the US, Kenya, and Cuba. With four published books, his work has been featured in the anthology Who Will Speak for America? and in more than twenty international magazines.


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