S228. Contemporary Translation and Performance in the Americas

Room 204C, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Contemporary writers in every nation explore eclectic forms. How can performance impact strategies and contexts for translation in our hemisphere? Along with altering words, translation complicates factors central to performance: the identity of the performer, communities/sites associated with meaning, ephemerality. Examples reference translation as script, use of digital technologies, musical and theatrical influences, translation in/as archive, the manifesto as a performative form, and more.


Kristin Dykstra's most recent translations include books (all with her critical introductions) by Reina María Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Flores, Ángel Escobar, and Marcelo Morales. A Distinguished Scholar in Residence at SMC, she was previously professor of English at Illinois State University.

Urayoán Noel is associate professor of English and Spanish at NYU and a 2016–2017 Howard Foundation fellow. A former Ford Foundation and CantoMundo fellow, she is the author of In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam, Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico, and other books.

Achy Obejas is the author of the acclaimed novels Ruins, Days of Awe, and three other books of fiction. She has translated works (English/Spanish) by Junot Diaz, Wendy Guerra, F.G. Haghenbeck, Eduardo Halfon, and many others. She is currently the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College in Oakland.

Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently M(y)Other Tongue. Recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship, her translations are included in Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems, which she also edited. She teaches at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Jacqueline Loss is professor of Spanish (University of Connecticut). Her translations appear in Words Without Borders and Cuba Counterpoints, among other publications. She authored Dreaming in Russian and Cosmopolitanisms and Latin America and coedited Caviar with Rum and New Short Fiction from Cuba.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

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