Poetic License: Negotiating Creative Impulses in the Context of Translation

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


This multigenre panel focuses on strategies for writer / translators to negotiate their creative impulses in the context of translation. Focuses include how creative writers can ethically and responsibly utilize their creativity when translating, the potential merits and drawbacks of being a creative writer who translates, and how literary translators might be able to better understand the intentions of the writers they translate because of their background as writers themselves.

This event has been prerecorded, and will be available to watch on-demand online from March 8, 2023 to April 8, 2023.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2023_Event_Outline.pdf



Lauren Brazeal Garza is a PhD candidate in literature with a focus on translation studies at UT Dallas, where she is translating narratives of members of the indigenous Waorani Nation of Amazonian Ecuador. Her poetry collections include the full-length, Gutter, in addition to two chapbooks.

p joshua laskey, codirector of both Stories on Stage Sacramento and Theater Galatea, has published original and self-translated short stories, flash fiction, and poetry as well as produced original, adapted, and translated plays—including a new version of Federico García Lorca’s Mariana Pineda.

Jonathan Stalling is a poet, translator, curator, and scholar, and Harold J & Ruth Newman Chair of US-China Studies, professor of International Studies, affiliate professor of English, editor of Chinese Literature and Thought Today, and curator of the Chinese Literature Translation Archive.

Jami Proctor Xu is a bilingual poet, translator, and mother. Her poems, essays, and translations have been published in anthologies around the world. She is a recipient of a Zhujiang Poetry Award, and her translation of Song Lin's collection, Sunday Sparrows, won the Northern California Book Award.

Cindy Lynn Brown is Danish / American poet, novelist, and literary translator with a degree in literature and creative writing. She is translated into multiple languages and has performed at festivals throughout the world. She is the organizer of an international poetry festival in Denmark.


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Kansas City Convention Center